Historicizing Colonial Nostalgia

European Women’s Narratives of Algeria and Kenya 1900-Present

  • Authors
  • Patricia M. E. Lorcin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Patricia M. E. Lorcin
      Pages 1-17
  3. 1900–1930. Colonial Women and Their Imagined Selves

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Patricia M. E. Lorcin
      Pages 21-43
  4. 1920–1940. Political Realities and Fictional Representations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Patricia M. E. Lorcin
      Pages 85-106
    3. Patricia M. E. Lorcin
      Pages 107-140
  5. Imperial Decline and the Reformulation of Nostalgia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Patricia M. E. Lorcin
      Pages 195-203
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-317

About this book


This illuminating study of European women's narratives in colonial Algeria and Kenya argues that nostalgia was not a post-colonial phenomenon but was embedded in the colonial period. Patricia M. E. Lorcin explores the distinction between imperial nostalgia, associated with the loss of power that results from the loss of empire, and colonial nostalgia, associated with loss of socio-cultural standing—in other words, loss of a certain way of life. This distinction helps to make women's discursive role an important factor in the creation of colonial nostalgia, due to their significant contribution to the establishment of a European colonial environment.


20. Jahrhundert 20th century Africa Europe Familie French Kenya reform

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-34167-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-01304-0
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