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Burning Women: Widows, Witches, and Early Modern European Travelers in India (Early Modern Cultural Studies)

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In early modern Europe, the circulation of visual and verbal transmissions of sati, or Hindu widowburning, not only informed responses to the ritualized violence of Hindu culture, but also intersected in fascinating ways with specifically European forms of ritualized violence and European constructions of gender ideology. European accounts of women being burned in India uncannily commented on the burnings of women as witches and criminal wives in Europe. When Europeans narrated their accounts of sati, perhaps the most striking illustration of Hindu patriarchal violence, they did not specifically connect the act of widowburning to a corresponding European signifier: the gruesome ceremonial burnings of women as witches. In examining early modern representations of sati, the book focuses specifically on those strategies that enabled European travelers to protect their own identity as uniquely civilized amidst spectacular displays of "Eastern barbarity."

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Pompa Banerjee explores early modern accounts and images of burning women bringing together travellers' accounts on sati in India with the burning of witches in EM Europe, a link that contemporary observers studiously repressed. Ultimately, she's interested in how these practices speak to issues of the punishment of women and ideological debates about the proper behaviour of wives and widows.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-267) and index.

About the Author

Pompa Banerjee teaches at the University of Colorado at Denver. She is especially interested in the cross-cultural potential of early modern European encounters with cultural difference in Asia, America, and Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction * Renaissance Crossings; Widows, Witches, and Forms of Literary Haunting * Under Western Eyes: Sati and Witches in European Representations * Instructions for Christian women: The Sati and European Widows * Disorderly Wives, Poison, and the Iconography of Female Murderers * Civility and “dying” to Speak: the Sati, Fetish, and History

Product Details

ISBN:
9781403960184
Author:
Banerjee, Pompa
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Location:
New York
Subject:
India
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Feminist
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
Feminist criticism
Subject:
Sati
Subject:
Europeans
Subject:
Regional, Ethnic, Genre, Specific Subject
Subject:
Widow suicide
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Feminist Criticism
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Europeans - India - History
Subject:
Widow suicide - India
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Early Modern Cultural Studies
Series Volume:
#8
Publication Date:
20030131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
18 b/w illustrations
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » Reference
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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"Synopsis" by , Pompa Banerjee explores early modern accounts and images of burning women bringing together travellers' accounts on sati in India with the burning of witches in EM Europe, a link that contemporary observers studiously repressed. Ultimately, she's interested in how these practices speak to issues of the punishment of women and ideological debates about the proper behaviour of wives and widows.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-267) and index.
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