A Frenchwoman’s Imperial Story: Madame Luce in by Rebecca Rogers

By Rebecca Rogers

Winner of the 2014 Mary Alice and Philip Boucher booklet Prize, backed by way of the French Colonial old Society.

Honorable point out within the 2014 Pinkney Prize, subsidized by way of the Society for French old Studies.

Eugénie Luce was once a French schoolteacher who fled her husband and deserted her kin, migrating to Algeria within the early 1830s. via the mid-1840s she had develop into a massive determine in debates round academic regulations, insisting that girls have been a serious size of the French attempt to influence a fusion of the races. to assist this fusion, she based the 1st French tuition for Muslim women in Algiers in 1845, which thrived until eventually professionals bring to an end her investment in 1861. At this element, she switched from instructing spelling, grammar, and stitching, to embroidery—an pastime that attracted the eye of sought after British feminists and gave her tuition a celebrated popularity for generations.

The portrait of this notable girl finds the position of girls and women within the imperial tasks of the time and sheds mild on why they've got disappeared from the old list considering then.

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If she has an inquiring mind and studious habits, education compresses in her all that might bring her strength and moral dignity. It seeks to cultivate her frivolous tastes, suggests to her that the gift of charm and the art of pleasing should be her sole aim and the object of her wishes. . 30 Although not many women were among the Saint-Simonians, their contribution to public debate raised issues about women’s inferior status, particularly in marriage, that resonated in less radical venues.

22 I have sought throughout the book to situate Eugénie Luce and her family within their social context but also to highlight how knowledge of her actions changes our understanding of the French colonization of Algeria. Recovering her life also recovers a moment in Algeria when girls and women were part of a political project. 23 madame luce’s life and adventures I begin this book by reconstructing the biographical details of Madame Luce’s early life. The first two chapters explore the years before she became a public figure.

In June 1831 Alexandre Allix no longer figured among the schoolteachers of the village. 22 At the most, Eugénie ran her school for four years, probably just barely making a living, given the small number of families who could afford to pay for their daughters’ schooling. 23 Requirements for these exams were minimal: an ability to read, write, and cal-  reconstructing a woman’s life culate, as well as proof of their good behavior. Teacher training was in its infancy, and no normal schools existed for women teachers before 1838.

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