Antoinette Burton


Antoinette Burton was trained as a Victorianist and her work has focused on women, gender and empire in the context of modern Britain and colonial India. She is the author of Burdens of History: British Feminists, Indian Women, and Imperial Culture, 1865-1915 (1994); At the Heart of the Empire: Indians and the Colonial Encounter in Late-Victorian Britain (1998); and Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home and History in Late Colonial India (2003). She has edited several collections, including (with Tony Ballantyne) Bodies in Contact: Rethinking Colonial Encounters in World History and Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions and the Writing of History (both 2005). She has a longstanding interest in the history of imperial political culture and a developing interest in the challenges of world history. Her forthcoming book, The Postcolonial Careers of Santha Rama Rau, investigates the phenomenon of Cold War cosmopolitanism.

Professor Burton is the chair of the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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