Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology

June 14, 2021
Undreamed Shores: The Hidden Heroines of British Anthropology

In the first decades of the 20th century, five women - KatherineRoutledge, Maria Czaplicka, Winifred Blackman, Beatrice Blackwoodand Barbara Freire-Marreco - arrived at Oxford to take the newlycreated Masters in Anthropology. Though their circumstancesdiffered radically, all were intent on visiting and studying remotecommunities a world away from their own. Through theirwork, they resisted the prejudices of the male establishment,proving that women could be explorers and scientists, too.In the wastes of Siberia; in the villages and pueblos of the Nileand New Mexico; on Easter Island; and in the uncharted interior ofNew Guinea, they found new freedoms - yet whenthey returned to England, loss, madness and self-doubt awaitedthem.Frances Larson's masterful group biography is arevelatory portrait of five hidden heroines of Britishscholarship.