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Protean Images: A Study of Womanhood in Victorian Society and Literature

Oindrila Ghosh (Author)

This edited volume focuses on the treatment of womanhood in Victorian Literature and society, covering also the vital interface between Britain and India under a Colonial umbrella. The primary aim of the volume is to reinstate the dwindling importance, in the Sub-Continent, for studies in nineteenth century British literature, history and society. Postcolonial and Subaltern perspectives to the study of even canonical literature has undoubtedly opened up new vistas for literary research, yet very large areas of Undergraduate and Postgraduate English syllabi in most Indian Universities still centre around canonical British Literature. Hence one cannot completely break free from the study of them, but surely may incorporate fresh perspectives and novel methodology in the course of continued re-readings. Though topical the volume seeks to be relevant to our present time where society still tries to construct and straitjacket womanhood through generalisations and one-dimensional labels, leading to the growing violence and crime against women, despite the growing availability of opportunities for a liberal education which is aimed at propagating gender-equality. The essays individually, and even collectively, seek to study the precarious position of the Victorian woman caught between the domestic space and the public sphere, between reality and idealizations, between worship and castigation.

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Title Protean Images: A Study of Womanhood in Victorian Society and Literature
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788184355864
length 266p.