© 2014

Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840–1950

  • Kristine Moruzi
  • Michelle J. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Colonial Girlhood/Colonial Girls

    1. Kristine Moruzi, Michelle J. Smith
      Pages 1-11
  3. Theorising the Colonial Girl

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Angela Woollacott
      Pages 15-29
    3. Cecily Devereux
      Pages 30-44
  4. Romance and Marriage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Ken Gelder, Rachael Weaver
      Pages 47-59
    3. Terri Doughty
      Pages 60-78
    4. Subhasri Ghosh
      Pages 79-92
  5. Race and Class

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Clare Bradford
      Pages 95-109
    3. Juliet O’Conor
      Pages 110-123
    4. S. E. Duff
      Pages 124-137
  6. Fictions of Colonial Girlhood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Tamara S. Wagner
      Pages 141-153
    3. Susan Cahill
      Pages 167-179
    4. Kristine Moruzi, Michelle J. Smith
      Pages 180-194
  7. Material Culture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Kristine Alexander
      Pages 197-213

About this book


Colonial Girlhood in Literature, Culture and History, 1840-1950 explores a range of real and fictional colonial girlhood experiences from Jamaica, Mauritius, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Australia, England, Ireland, and Canada to reflect on the transitional state of girlhood between childhood and adulthood.


Canada culture English literature fiction Great Britain identity space

Editors and affiliations

  • Kristine Moruzi
    • 1
  • Michelle J. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Communication and Creative Arts and a Discovery Early Career Researcher in the Centre for Memory, Imagination and InventionDeakin UniversityAustralia

About the editors

Kristine Alexander, University of Lethbridge, Canada Clare Bradford, Deakin University, Australia Susan Cahill, Concordia University, Canada Cecily Devereux, University of Alberta, Canada Terri Doughty, Vancouver Island University, Canada S.E. Duff, Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, South Africa Ken Gelder, University of Melbourne, Australia Subhasri Ghosh, independent scholar, USA Laura Ishiguro, University of British Columbia, Canada Fiona P. McDonald, UCL, UK Kristine Moruzi, Deakin University, Australia Juliet O'Conor, Deakin University, Australia Beth Rodgers, Aberystwyth University, UK Michelle J. Smith, Deakin University, Australia Tamara S. Wagner, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Rachael Weaver, University of Melbourne, Australia Angela Woollacott, Australian National University, Australia.

Bibliographic information


"A groundbreaking collection of essays on girlhood and girls'experiences in colonies throughout the British Empire, Colonial Girlhood covers sources, parts of the world, and cross-cultural experiences that will interest scholars of literature, history, film, cultural studies, women's studies and postcolonial issues. In addition, it should make an appealing classroom text." - Sally Mitchell, Emerita Professor of English and Women's Studies, Temple University, USA