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Deconstructing Motherhood: Indian Cultural Narratives & Ideology, 1970 Onwards

Monica Khanna Jhalani (Author)

Through an exploration and analysis of a vast number of literary and cultural narratives from the 1970s to the present, this book explores how motherhood is ideologically constructed as the woman’s primary role in India. It deals with various theoretical approaches to motherhood including the bio-determinist, Anthropological perspectives, and examines issues such as reproductive choice, infertility, assisted, reproductive technologies, abortion, voluntary childlessness, lesbianism, illegitimacy, and “working mothers.”

The cinematic material ranges from classics like Mother India and Deewar, to controversial films like Fire, to the critically acclaimed Astiva, and box office hits like Hum Saath Saath Hain, Gharwali Baharwali and Salaam Namaste. Literary narratives include books or short stories by Indian writers in English such as Shashi Deshpande, Anita Desai, Manju Kapur, Githa Hariharan and Jhumpa Lahiri, besides translations of regional writing by authors like Mahasweta Devi and Krishan Sobri.

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About the author

Monica Khanna Jhalani

Monica Khanna Jhalani teaches Communication Skills at Gahlot Institute of Management Studies and Research, Navi Mumbai and is also a freelance editor. She has a Ph. D. and M. Phil in English Literature from SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. She has also worked as a journalist and media researcher. Her research work primarily focuses on gender and media studies on which she has presented papers in national and international conferences.

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Bibliographic information

Title Deconstructing Motherhood: Indian Cultural Narratives & Ideology, 1970 Onwards
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.10.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher SSS Publications
Language: English
isbn 8190228226, 9788190228220
length x+279p., Bibliography; Filmography; Index; 22cm.
Subjects History