By Susan Morgan
"Morgan has written a tremendous and unique paintings that provides a well-substantiated problem to many fresh reports of 'colonial discourse'."--Nancy L. Paxton,
Susan Morgan's learn of fabrics and areas, formerly ignored in modern postcolonial reports, starts off with the reworking premise that "place matters." suggestions derived from writings approximately one sector of the realm can't easily be transposed to a different sector, in a few type of worldwide theoretical circulate. in addition, position within the discourse of Victorian imperialism is an issue of gendered in addition to geographic phrases. taking over works by means of Anna Forbes and Marianne North at the Malay Archipelago, by way of Margaret Brooke and Harriette McDougall on Sarawak, by means of Isabella poultry and Emily Innes on British Malaya, by means of Anna Leonowens on Siam, Morgan additionally makes wide use of theorists whose paintings on imperialism in Southeast Asia is unexpected to such a lot American lecturers.
This brilliant exam of a unique sector and diverse writings emphasizes that during Victorian literature there has been no monolithic imperialist place, authorial or geographic. The very proposal of a ‘colony’ or an ‘imperial presence’ in Southeast Asia is not easy. Morgan is worried with marking the intersections of specific Victorian imperial histories and structures of subjectivity. She argues that categorical areas in Southeast Asia have targeted, and differing, masculine imperial rhetorics. it really is inside those particular rhetorical contexts that women’s writings, together with their moments of critique, might be read.
--This textual content refers back to the Hardcover edition.