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Lady Lion Hunters: An Imperial Femininity

  • Angela Thompsell
Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)


In Hunters Three, an 1895 novel by Thomas Knox, three young men hunting in Africa meet two English women pursuing elephants. That ladies would be hunting with only hired hands for an escort was ‘enough to take any man’s breath away’, but the men quickly recover and set to debating the more important issues: namely, how might they make the acquaintance of these independent women and what should they call them? Is an ‘amazon [sic] of the African woods’ a hunter or a ‘huntress’? Jack Delafield argues that, ‘in sport, as in science, there’s no distinction of sex,’ and after citing the precedent of female doctors concludes that, ‘hunting big game in South Africa is entitled to be called a science; anyhow, it requires a lot of science to succeed in it. She’s a hunter just as much as you or I.’1 Interestingly, this unisex categorization of the women does not negate their appeal. By the conclusion of the novel, the three men have made them no less than four offers of marriage, two of which were accepted.


British Woman Masculine Trait Hunting Experience Hunting Expedition Male Hunter 
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  • Angela Thompsell
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  1. 1.The College at BrockportSUNYUSA

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