Book Reviews Domesticating the Empire: Race, Gender, and Family Life in French and Dutch Colonialism. Edited by julia clancy-smith and frances gouda. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1998. Pp. xi + 271. $59.50 (cloth); $19.50 (paper). This collection of thirteen essays, by a group of historians, literary analysts, and anthropologists, seeks to contribute to the growing number of studies relating the perception and treatment of colonized people to social patterns in European metropoles, and encounters between colonizers and colonized. Within this broad field, however, the essays by and large reflect the growth of interest in the study of colonized "discourses" or "the colonial gaze" (p. 173), particularly the use of gender-based images, metaphors, and tropes in the study of colonial places by European-born authors, or those born in the colonies of European or of creole stock. Of the topics listed in the book's title, the topic of gender and gendered language attracts the most coverage. Author Yaël Fletcher finds, for example, that French colonial voices employed language that entailed the "masculinization" of French settlers and a "feminized" cultivated landscape (p. 199). Attitudes illustrating Edward Saïd's notion of "orientalism" often exoticized indigenous women, and led to views of the
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