To Try Her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism, and Modernity

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - History - 298 pages
Between 1870 and 1940, tens of thousands of Australian women were drawn to London, their imperial metropolis and the center of the publishing, art, musical, theatrical, and educational worlds. Even more Australian women than men made the pilgrimage "home," seeking opportunities beyond those available to them in the Australian colonies or dominion. In tracing the experiences of these women, this volume reveals hitherto unexamined connections between whiteness, colonial status, gender, and modernity.

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Page 12 - It is not merely that whiteness is oppressive and false; it is that whiteness is nothing but oppressive and false It is the empty and terrifying attempt to build an identity based on what one isn't and on whom one can hold back. (Roediger, 1991, p. 13; emphasis in original) On the practical level, the argument goes, whites can become "race traitors...

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Angela Woollacott is at Case Western Reserve University.

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