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A Frenchwoman's Imperial StoryMadame Luce in Nineteenth-Century Algeria$
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Rebecca Rogers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804784313

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804784313.001.0001

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From Book Learning to Embroidery

From Book Learning to Embroidery

Reorienting the Civilizing Mission (1857–1875)

(p.119) 5 From Book Learning to Embroidery
A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story
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Madame Luce's institution sat within the more general context of debates about educational policies in Algeria. This chapter highlights how gendered debates determined the withdrawal of support for Luce's school and erased the figure of the Muslim girl pupil from the colonial agenda. In her place emerged the embroiderer who had no pretensions to becoming French, but who nonetheless was an indigenous woman with a useful skill.

Keywords:   Eugénie Luce, Muslim girls, gender, indigenous women, Algeria, embroidery, educational policy

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