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Sultana's Dream and Padmarag

Barnita Bagchi (Translator) Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (Author)
Synopsis Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag are boldly provocative works, particularly in the context of the era that spawned them. Written in English in 1905, Sultana’s Dream is a delightful satirical work set in Ladyland, where men are in purdah and women firmly in charge of home and government. Published in 1924 and translated here for the first time, Padmarag complements Sultana’s Dream in its espousal of women’s personal journeys towards emancipation. Resonant with autobiographical undertones, the novella is both a powerful indictment of male oppression and a celebration of Rokeya’s faith in a universalist society where women, regardless of race, class, creed and religion, reject the diktat of a tyrannical patriarchal society in favour of a life devoted to improving their lot. Playful, fascinating and intelligent, these novellas offer a keen insight into the psyche of a largely self-taught social activist and pioneering educationist who has, more than seventy years after her death, come to acquire near-iconic status in South Asia.
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About the author

Barnita Bagchi

Barnita Bagchi obtained a BA in English Literature from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, and MA from St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford (where she was a Hewitt Exhibitioner), and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. While at the University of Cambridge, she coordinated the Gender and Literature seminar. Since her college days she has worked actively with feminist institutions and activist organizations, notably at the School of Women’s Studies, Jadavpur University, and Majlis, Mumbai. She is also a translator of Bengali literature into English. Currently a member of faculty at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, she teaches and researches a range of issues at the interface of gender, education and development, in contemporary India, early twentieth-century Bengal and Romanatic-era Britain.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sultana's Dream and Padmarag
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0144000032
length xxvi+197p., Glossary; Bibliography; 20cm.