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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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The Remains of the Day (1875–1915)

The Remains of the Day (1875–1915)

(p.173) 7 The Remains of the Day (1875–1915)
A Frenchwoman's Imperial Story
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This chapter explores in more detail what has been termed “The Remains of the Day.” The inventory and will established at Madame Luce's death testify to the astute business acumen that guided her throughout much of her life. She died leaving a comfortable sum of money to the young girl whose memoirs do the most to bring her great-grandmother to life. But she also left a legacy in artisanal handicrafts that circulated widely across France, Great Britain, North America, and North Africa, thanks to universal and colonial exhibitions. Her granddaughter Henriette Benaben continued the workshop Luce established in Algiers and actively worked to assemble collections of “oriental embroideries” that now lie in the storerooms of museums in Algiers, Paris, and London. These collections constitute the most permanent and highly gendered legacy of Madame Luce's Arab–French school.

Keywords:   Eugénie Luce, French schoolteacher, handicrafts, oriental embroideries, Henriette Benaben, Algiers, Arab–French school

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