The Newsletter 51 Summer 2009

Women in the Portuguese colonial empire

Michael Pearson

Sarmento, Clara, ed. 2008. Women in the Portuguese Colonial Empire: the Theatre of Shadows. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. xxi + 304 pages, ISBN 978 184 718718 5.

This miscellaneous collection is most welcome, for it makes available to anglophone scholars recent and very challenging feminist work on the position of women in the Portuguese colonial empire. The editor, Clara Sarmento, claims that women have been generally neglected in writings on the Lusitanian empire.

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