Writing women's history has been a source of much excellent scholarship in recent times. While in the past, the focus of some of this work was the representation of the 'heroine' or the 'grand dame'. More recent theoretical writing and writing in ...
the subject areas that is historical anthropology has focussed on more 'rounded' aspects of women's historical representation and experience. This book explores an aspect of visual culture and so-called 'marginal' cultures that have, as of yet, seen very little light shed on them. By analysing the discursive and 'hidden' histories of a range of women artists who frequently worked on the periphery of 'mainstream' society or whose subjects were deemed 'marginal', including representations of 'outsider' cultural groups including Travellers and Roma (Gypsies), it is possible to come to some new conclusions on the relationships that have existed between historical phenomena and shifting power relationships as between different cultures and people. Such a process can also better enable the historical recovery, transition and the emergence of new identities in an increasingly multicultural world.