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En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives

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En-Gendering India offers an innovative interpretation of the role that gender played in defining the Indian state during both the colonial and postcolonial eras. Focusing on both British and Indian literary texts—primarily novels—produced between 1857 and 1947, Sangeeta Ray examines representations of "native" Indian women and shows how these representations were deployed to advance notions of Indian self-rule as well as to defend British imperialism.

Through her readings of works by writers including Bankimchandra Chatterjee, Rabindranath Tagore, Harriet Martineau, Flora Annie Steel, Anita Desai, and Bapsi Sidhaa, Ray demonstrates that Indian women were presented as upper class and Hindu, an idealization that paradoxically served the needs of both colonial and nationalist discourses. The Indian nation’s goal of self-rule was expected to enable women’s full participation in private and public life. On the other hand, British colonial officials rendered themselves the protectors of passive Indian women against their “savage” male countrymen. Ray shows how the native woman thus became a symbol for both an incipient Indian nation and a fading British Empire. In addition, she reveals how the figure of the upper-class Hindu woman created divisions with the nationalist movement itself by underscoring caste, communal, and religious differences within the newly emerging state. As such, Ray’s study has important implications for discussions about nationalism, particularly those that address the concepts of identity and nationalism.

Building on recent scholarship in feminism and postcolonial studies, En-Gendering India will be of interest to scholars in those fields as well as to specialists in nationalism and nation-building and in Victorian, colonial, and postcolonial literature and culture.

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""En-Gendering India" is a lucid and intelligent study of the play of gender and sexuality in Indian nationalism. Sangeeta Ray cautions against the perception that Hindu nationalism is no longer relevant in an era of globalization and migration, arguing that it has simply entered a more expansive phase. This is an important and timely book."--Jennifer Sharpe, University of California, Los Angeles

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Explores the relation of gender and nation in postcolonial writing about India.

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In addition, she reveals how the figure of the upper-class Hindu woman created divisions with the nationalist movement itself by underscoring caste, communal, and religious differences within the newly emerging state. As such, Ray's study has important implications for discussions about nationalism, particularly those that address the concepts of identity and nationalism. Building on recent scholarship in feminism and post-colonial studies, "En-Gendering India" will be of interest to scholars in those fields as well as to specialists in nationalism and nation-building and in Victorian, colonial, and post-colonial literature and culture.

About the Author

Sangeeta Ray, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Asian American Certificate Program at the University of Maryland, is coeditor of Blackwell Companion to Postcolonial Studies.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822324904
Author:
Ray, Sangeeta
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Ray
Location:
Durham, NC :
Subject:
India
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Women in politics
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Women in Hinduism.
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Women -- India -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Women in Hinduism -- India.
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
Nr. 3
Publication Date:
20000631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6 in

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Product details 208 pages Duke University Press - English 9780822324904 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , ""En-Gendering India" is a lucid and intelligent study of the play of gender and sexuality in Indian nationalism. Sangeeta Ray cautions against the perception that Hindu nationalism is no longer relevant in an era of globalization and migration, arguing that it has simply entered a more expansive phase. This is an important and timely book."--Jennifer Sharpe, University of California, Los Angeles
"Synopsis" by ,
Explores the relation of gender and nation in postcolonial writing about India.
"Synopsis" by , In addition, she reveals how the figure of the upper-class Hindu woman created divisions with the nationalist movement itself by underscoring caste, communal, and religious differences within the newly emerging state. As such, Ray's study has important implications for discussions about nationalism, particularly those that address the concepts of identity and nationalism. Building on recent scholarship in feminism and post-colonial studies, "En-Gendering India" will be of interest to scholars in those fields as well as to specialists in nationalism and nation-building and in Victorian, colonial, and post-colonial literature and culture.
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