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Shadow Lives: Writings on Widowhood

 
Preeti Gill (Editor) Uma Chakravarti (Editor)
Synopsis "This volume documents the focus on the widow, regarded as the dark half of womankind in tradition, the structural counterpart of the sumangali or the auspicious married woman, and to provide an archive on widowhood. The archive comprises prescriptions, injunctions, laws and other accounts dating back to the 5 century BC from Sanskrit texts as well as extracts from official documents, pamphlets and essays in many languages, published in the 19 and 20 centuries. The material is arranged in three parts: documents, personal narratives and creative writing in an attempt to capture the complexities of the experience of widowhood, its diversity and range across India. With the emergence of the women’s movement in the last quarter of the 20 century, the terms of analysis have changed and feminist inspired scholarship has raised new questions. In the anthology the widow comes across not just as a passive ‘pitiable’ object, oppressed, victimised and patronised but as an active resisting survivor it is this last image that stays with the reader."
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About the author

Uma Chakravarti

Dr. Uma Chakravarti teaches History at Miranda House, University of Delhi. She held a research fellowship at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi between 1990-94. She has published several articles in the field of social history particularly on caste, labour and gender. Among her forthcoming publications is a book titled Gender, Class and Nation: The Life and Times of Pandita Ramabai.

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Bibliographic information

Title Shadow Lives: Writings on Widowhood
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Kali for Women
Language: English
isbn 8186706399
length xii+489p., 23cm.