By Molly Youngkin
Focusing on British ladies writers' wisdom of historic Egypt, Youngkin exhibits the commonly constrained yet pervasive representations of historical Egyptian ladies of their written and visible works. photographs of Hathor, Isis, and Cleopatra motivated how British writers resembling George Eliot and Edith Cooper got here to symbolize lady emancipation.
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The British promptly defeated nationalist troops and began what turned out to be a 70-year occupation (253). Although the “Protectorate” would be lifted in 1922, Britain retained many of its powers until 1936, when the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty finally removed most of the “Reserved Points” that had ensured the British government’s power in Egypt (280). The Egypt known to Bradley and Cooper, as well as to Glyn, then, was one in which British officers controlled the Egyptian government, and the Egyptian khedive followed Britain’s lead.
As Susan Meyer explains in “‘Safely to Their Own Borders’: Proto-Zionism, Feminism, and Nationalism in Daniel Deronda” (1993), one aspect of the biblical draw of Egypt was tied to Britain’s interest in advocating for a Jewish homeland in Palestine, after the British pushed Egyptian troops back from Syria in 1839. , the French advocated for Catholics and the Russians advocated for Greek Christians), and Britain used advocacy for Jews as a way to “check another Egyptian invasion” of Syria (748–49).
Open as day . . wear[ing] her heart upon her sleeve. . She knows herself and she knows others” (345). As my chapters about Field and Glyn will demonstrate, Shakespeare’s representation of Cleopatra was an important source in nineteenth-century British women’s writing about Egyptian women, but there also was the opportunity for revision of his portrayal of her, whom not everyone viewed in the same manner as this writer. Still, it is clear from articles that appeared in the periodical press that Britons adapted Cleopatra and other Egyptian women for their own purposes.
British Women Writers and the Reception of Ancient Egypt, 1840–1910: Imperialist Representations of Egyptian Women by Molly Youngkin