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  • Thumbnail for The treachery of the Blue Books : the impact of the 1847 educational reports on Welshwomen and Welsh national identity
    The treachery of the Blue Books : the impact of the 1847 educational reports on Welshwomen and Welsh national identity by Nelson, Rosie

    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 nature of Welshwomen, and consequently, 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.​

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    "Paradise" Revisited: The Ethics of Postcolonial Representation in Five Films by Sither, Sophia Marie

    Decades after the dissolution of their empire, European filmmakers provide today’s white Western audiences with an apparently ethical route by which to return to Africa. In the Portuguese films Tabu, Casa de Lava, and The Murmuring Coast and the French films Chocolat and White Material, the filmmakers, aiming to correct our collective memory, seem to subvert oppressive colonial conventions while in fact upholding them. These directors do not lead us toward a progressive view of the post colonial future, but are trapped by their fascination with the past.

  • Thumbnail for The treachery of the Blue Books : the impact of the 1847 educational reports on Welshwomen and Welsh national identity
    The treachery of the Blue Books : the impact of the 1847 educational reports on Welshwomen and Welsh national identity by Nelson, Rosie

    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.​