oa Alternation - Plain women and ladies in a strange country

Volume 8, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Harriet Ward, far from 'home', writes back from the Cape Colony in 1848, using rhetoric typical of the Victorian colonial voice. Here is the metropolitan vision of darkest Africa, the colonial narrative of the good settler and the indolent indigene, and the pragmatic declaration to the ignorant liberals who make laws but fail to see the consequences of their actions. In this article, I intend to examine different forms of rhetoric in the colonial memoir written by English women who settled in Natal, South Africa, during the mid-nineteenth century.

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