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Historicizing Gendered Modernities in India

Amitava Chatterjee (Author)

Historicizing gendered modernity's in India underscores how gender, as a category of historical analysis and identity, is central to our imagination and understanding of modernity. The essays in this volume unravel the complexities of modernity relationship to femininity and the cultures of gender construction amidst the diverse manifestations of colonialism and nationalism in India. The essays cover varied aspects of gender identities, including the private spheres of elite women who often expressed their freedom through their subversive, restricted sexuality, thus shaking off the shackles of domination; the debates regarding dress codes for women; the deplorable condition of girls after marriage and the concerns of social reformers; legislative battles to achieve the right to divorce; challenges to notions of sports as a masculine activity; the different meanings of modernity for women writers and poets; the implications of print cultures and cinema on women; gendered meanings of peace and Partition; the ethics of care and responsibility; women’s preferences, perceptions and practices; the politics of resistance; and questions of agency and autonomy within and outside the private domain. The volume is an attempt to capture the cross-currents and debates on gender and modernity, which keep returning in newer and unexpected forms.

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Title Historicizing Gendered Modernities in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.10.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Primus Books
Language: English
isbn 9789389850000
length x+284p., 24cm.