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"Thinking your journal unimportant": a feminist literary analysis of selected excerpts from Lady Anne Barnard’s Cape diaries.

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dc.contributor.author Murray, J
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-08T07:29:42Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-08T07:29:42Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Murray, J. 2012. "Thinking your journal unimportant": a feminist literary analysis of selected excerpts from Lady Anne Barnard’s Cape diaries. New Contree : A journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa. 63:91-109, Jan. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/4969] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0379-9867
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/6601
dc.description.abstract This article offers a feminist literary analysis of selected excerpts from the diaries that Lady Anne Barnard wrote during her stay at the Cape Colony from 1797 until 1802. Lady Anne was, by all accounts, an extremely productive writer and correspondent who left behind a wealth of material at the time of her death on 6 May 1825. The article argues that diaries can provide valuable insights about gendered constructions at different historical moments and about how individual women navigated such gendered structures in their daily lives. The textual specificities of diaries require that researchers adjust our reading strategies to meet the demands of these texts. Lady Anne emerges as a complex subject who is both subversive and constrained in her negotiations with gendered constructions of “proper” female roles and behaviour. Even as she challenges these constructions, she also appears to have internalized them, at least partly. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher School for Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University en_US
dc.subject Lady Anne Barnard en_US
dc.subject Diaries en_US
dc.subject Gender en_US
dc.subject Cult of true womanhood en_US
dc.subject Domesticity en_US
dc.subject Feminist literary criticism en_US
dc.title "Thinking your journal unimportant": a feminist literary analysis of selected excerpts from Lady Anne Barnard’s Cape diaries. en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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