The Victorian Spinster and Colonial Emigration

Contested Subjects
Author(s): 
Kranidis, Rita S.
ISBN: 
0333765192
Date published: 
May 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£35.00
Pages: 
256

Kranidis examines the highly problematic issues surrounding the colonial emigration of Victorian, unmarried women, revealing the many ways in which these women were regarded as cultural 'excess'. She brings together a variety of discourses, including historical, critical, literary, and theoretical, to form a critical evaluation of the events she investigates. Kranidis questions the very premises and cultural foundations of evaluative systems that render some women/subjects more essential than others, and considers how the expulsion of problematic British subjects is a practice that permeates many facets of Victorian culture. The book investigates the symbolic spaces in-between Victorian England and its colonies and dominions.