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A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

Rebecca Rogers

Published by Stanford University Press

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780804784313
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780804787246 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.11126/stanford/9780804784313.001.0001
A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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Eugénie Luce was a French schoolteacher who fled her husband and abandoned her family, migrating to Algeria in the early 1830s. By the mid-1840s she had become a major figure in debates around educational policies, insisting that women were a critical dimension of the French effort to effect a fusion of the races. To aid this fusion, she founded the first French school for Muslim girls in Algiers in 1845, which thrived until authorities cut off her funding in 1861. At this point, she switched from teaching spelling, grammar, and sewing, to embroidery—an endeavor that attracted the attention of prominent British feminists and gave her school a celebrated reputation for generations. The portrait of this remarkable woman reveals the role of women and girls in the imperial projects of the time and sheds light on why they have disappeared from the historical record since then.

Keywords: Eugénie Luce; French schoolteacher; Algeria; educational policies; French school; Muslim girls; Algiers; British feminists; imperial projects; women

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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Introduction in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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Growing up in Provincial France (1804–1832) in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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Early Years in Algeria (1832–1845) in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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A Mission to Civilize (1845–1850) in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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Schooling Muslim Girls (1850–1857) in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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From Book Learning to Embroidery in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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Imperial Narratives in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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The Remains of the Day (1875–1915) in A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story

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