A Concubine’s Lot

Peter Robb

in Sex and Sensibility

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198075110
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080885 | DOI:
A Concubine’s Lot

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This chapter examines the situation of bibis during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries based on Richard Blechynden’s account in his diary. Demeaning conditions affected all women, but bibis suffered further exploitation, distance, and denial. A bibi was paid and never considered a wife, or overtly acknowledged. Blechynden’s bibis, including the mothers of his children, were generally recruited through servants or arrived as supplicants. This chapter considers the two similar tales with different endings involving bibis of Blechynden’s acquaintances.

Keywords: exploitation; distance; denial

Chapter.  6336 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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