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The treachery of the Blue Books : the impact of the 1847 educational reports on Welshwomen and Welsh national identity

by Nelson, Rosie

Abstract

During the nineteenth century, the English Parliament commissioned a series of educational reports of Wales which aimed to denigrate the nation to aid an English cultural takeover, thus ensuring cultural homogeneity within England and Wales. In the educational reports, women were used as the markers of Wales and were conflated with barbarism and bestiality. The Welsh male elites responded virulently, claiming the virtuous nation of Welshwomen, and subsequently, Wales. Women were thus used as political pawns, and were tokenized, as opposed to being represented in of themselves. Following these responses, a Welsh national identity began to form which was centered around women. Wales came to be personified as a woman, thus the idealized version of Welsh womanhood was confined to such a degree that women had a very strict ideal to live up to.‚Äč

Note

Thesis title page states, "Presented to The Faculty of the Department of History and the Faculty of the Department of Feminist and Gender Studies"

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Includes bibliographical references.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Administrative Notes

Thesis title page states, "Presented to The Faculty of the Department of History and the Faculty of the Department of Feminist and Gender Studies"

The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

Colorado College Honor Code upheld.

Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:9856
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
85 pages : illustrations (some color), color map
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Lewis, Heidi Neel, Carol Ragan, Bryant
Department/Program
Feminist and Gender Studies
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
B.A.
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2014-04