Megan A. Norcia

Megan A. Norcia is an assistant professor of English at SUNY Brockport.

Listed in: Women’s Studies · Victorian Studies · British Literature · Literary Studies

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A Children’s Literature Association Book Award “Honor Book”

X Marks the Spot · Women Writers Map the Empire for British Children, 1790–1895
By Megan A. Norcia

During the nineteenth century, geography primers shaped the worldviews of Britain’s ruling classes and laid the foundation for an increasingly globalized world. Written by middle-class women who mapped the world that they had neither funds nor freedom to traverse, the primers employed rhetorical tropes such as the Family of Man or discussions of food and customs in order to plot other cultures along an imperial hierarchy.

“This is a sophisticated analysis based on original research.”

Mary Jean Corbett, author of Family Likeness: Sex, Marriage, and Incest from Jane Austen to Virginia Woolf