This book examines how women participated and intervened in the process of constructing geographical conceptions of 'the West.' In order to reconstruct the monolithically masculine-gendered western discourse into a multidimensional one, these women's writings challenged the traditional, patriarchal ideology embedded in the western discourse. Employing and expanding Amy Kaplan's theory of 'Manifest Domesticity' which explicates the relationship between nineteenth-century women writers with American imperialism, the author illustrates that women play a crucial agentic role in promoting and also intervening in the United States; imperialistic, nationalistic project of westward expansion. This gender-based study on the geopolitical conceptions of 'the West' and women on the western land points to a far more complex experience of nineteenth-century feminism than we understand today by exemplifying radical feminist ideas born among women in the western land.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd