The Island Race: Englishness, Empire and Gender in the Eighteenth Century

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Psychology Press, 2003 - History - 282 pages

Rooted in a period of vigorous exploration and colonialism, The Island Race: Englishness, empire and gender in the eighteenth century is an innovative study of the issues of nation, gender and identity. Wilson bases her analysis on a wide range of case studies drawn both from Britain and across the Atlantic and Pacific worlds.

Creating a colourful and original colonial landscape, she considers topics such as:

* sodomy
* theatre
* masculinity
* the symbolism of Britannia
* the role of women in war.

Wilson shows the far-reaching implications that colonial power and expansion had upon the English people's sense of self, and argues that the vaunted singularity of English culture was in fact constituted by the bodies, practices and exchanges of peoples across the globe. Theoretically rigorous and highly readable, The Island Race will become a seminal text for understanding the pressing issues that it confronts.

 

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Contents

Introduction Nations empires and identities in the eighteenth century
1
Citizenship empire and modernity in the English provinces
29
The island race Captain Cook and English ethnicity
54
Britannia into battle Women war and identities in England and America
92
The Black Widow Gender race and performance in England and Jamaica
129
Breasts sodomy and the lash Masculinity and enlightenment aboard the Cook Voyages
169
Save the Stones King Alfred and the performance of origins
201
Notes
205
Index
269
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