Inscribing Gender in the Imperial Context: The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth Century Egypt

Inscribing Gender in the Imperial Context: The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth Century Egypt © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 HAWWA 4, 2–3 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge (New York: Pantheon Books, 1980) 131. INSCRIBING GENDER IN THE IMPERIAL CONTEXT: THE “WOMAN QUESTION” IN NINETEENTH CENTURY EGYPT HELENA J. KALER George Washington University Abstract This essay explores the connection between empire and gender, through an examination of the gender discourse produced in late nineteenth-century Egypt by both British and Egyptian actors. This exploration is informed by Edward Said’s observation that the culture of Empire is not simply a set of ideologies imposed from the metropole onto the periphery but is a shared culture created in collaboration and contrapuntally between the two. In this context, the dichotomies of metropole/periphery and colonizer/ colonized need to be reexamined since these concepts do not always exist in opposition and could sometimes coexist in the same person. A fi nal question concerns the existence of common British imperial gender culture. Truth isn’t outside power or lacking in power . . . Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of con- straint. And it induces regular e ff ects of power. Each society has its http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hawwa Brill

Inscribing Gender in the Imperial Context: The "Woman Question" in Nineteenth Century Egypt

Hawwa, Volume 4 (2-3): 328 – Jan 1, 2006

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2006 HAWWA 4, 2–3 Also available online – www.brill.nl 1 Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge (New York: Pantheon Books, 1980) 131. INSCRIBING GENDER IN THE IMPERIAL CONTEXT: THE “WOMAN QUESTION” IN NINETEENTH CENTURY EGYPT HELENA J. KALER George Washington University Abstract This essay explores the connection between empire and gender, through an examination of the gender discourse produced in late nineteenth-century Egypt by both British and Egyptian actors. This exploration is informed by Edward Said’s observation that the culture of Empire is not simply a set of ideologies imposed from the metropole onto the periphery but is a shared culture created in collaboration and contrapuntally between the two. In this context, the dichotomies of metropole/periphery and colonizer/ colonized need to be reexamined since these concepts do not always exist in opposition and could sometimes coexist in the same person. A fi nal question concerns the existence of common British imperial gender culture. Truth isn’t outside power or lacking in power . . . Truth is a thing of this world: it is produced only by virtue of multiple forms of con- straint. And it induces regular e ff ects of power. Each society has its

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