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En-Gendering Individuals: The Language of Re-forming in Twentieth Century Keralam

J Devika (Author)
Synopsis This book explores how, in early modern Malayalee society, individualism was inextricably bound on gender difference.  As such, the process of 'individualisation' became a process of ‘en-gendering'.  Thus, the individual, as imagined in early Malayalee reformism, though deemed to be 'free', was already implicated in new institutions which required capacities specific to each sex.  Men and women came to be seen as ideally placed within separate social domains-the public and domestic endowed with different kinds of power, and bound together in a relationship of complementarity.  Further, training and education was required to realize this (paradoxically) 'naturally' gendered self.  J. Devika examines the discourses around education, reformism, the construction of 'womanliness' and the aestheticised female body.  She also examines the complex engagements with these issues as they emerge in the works of early twentieth century writers of fiction, of tracts and magazines, articles and especially in the writings of Lalitambika Antarjanam.
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About the author

J Devika

J. Devika is Research Associate at the Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala). She received her Ph.D. from the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam. She writes in both Malayalam and English. She is the author of Streevadam (Feminist Theory) in Malayalam, and Her Self (a collection of translations into English of writings by Malayalee women).

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Title En-Gendering Individuals: The Language of Re-forming in Twentieth Century Keralam
Author J Devika
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8125030719
length xi+346p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm.