Title

20th century North African Colonial History: A Look at Gender and Race through the Lens of Isabelle Eberhardt

Date

5-29-2014 8:00 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 8:15 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

David Doellinger

Session Title

History Senior Thesis Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Patricia Goldsworthy-Bishop and John Rector

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This thesis examines the life of Isabelle Eberhardt and the ways in which she and other European women interacted within the context of gender and race in the colonies. By examining this controversial character in French colonial history, this paper defines the expectations that were placed on women in the colonies and in what ways some women were liberated. Primary sources that are used include the writings of Eberhardt and other women as well as other secondary sources that have analyzed the lives and interactions of European women in the colonized regions. This work will argue that the actions of women like Isabelle Eberhardt were the result of the new opportunities available in the colonized regions and in Eberhardt’s case education and upbringing. Eberhardt and women like her forced the colonizers to rethink their views of gender and race.

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20th century North African Colonial History: A Look at Gender and Race through the Lens of Isabelle Eberhardt

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

This thesis examines the life of Isabelle Eberhardt and the ways in which she and other European women interacted within the context of gender and race in the colonies. By examining this controversial character in French colonial history, this paper defines the expectations that were placed on women in the colonies and in what ways some women were liberated. Primary sources that are used include the writings of Eberhardt and other women as well as other secondary sources that have analyzed the lives and interactions of European women in the colonized regions. This work will argue that the actions of women like Isabelle Eberhardt were the result of the new opportunities available in the colonized regions and in Eberhardt’s case education and upbringing. Eberhardt and women like her forced the colonizers to rethink their views of gender and race.