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1 Ruby Lal
Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness
Cambridge University Press; New Delhi, India; 1107045916 / 9781107045910; Hardcover; New; New; 
In this engaging and eloquent history Ruby Lal traces the becoming of nineteenth-century Indian women through a critique of narratives of linear transition from girlhood to womanhood. In the north Indian patriarchal environment women's lives were dominated by the expectations of the male universal articulated most clearly in household chores and domestic duties. The author argues that girls and women in the early nineteenth century experienced freedoms eroticism adventurousness and playfulness even within restrictive circumstances. Although women in the colonial world of the later nineteenth century remained agential figures their activities came to be constrained by more firmly entrenched domestic norms. Lal skillfully marks the subtle and complex alterations in the multifaceted female subject in a variety of nineteenth-century discourses elaborated in four different sites - forest school household and rooftops.Printed Pages: 247 with 4 b/w illustrations with 2 maps. 101432

Price: 21.15 USD
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2 Ruby Lal
Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World
Cambridge University Press; New Delhi, India; 0521145546 / 9780521145541; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
In a fascinating and innovative study, Ruby Lal explores domestic life and the place of women in the Mughal court of the sixteenth century. Challenging traditional, orientalist interpretations of the haram that have portrayed a domestic world of seclusion and sexual exploitation, the author reveals a complex society where noble men and women negotiated their everyday life and public-political affairs in the 'inner' chambers as well as the 'outer' courts. Using Ottoman and Safavid histories as a counterpoint, she demonstrates the richness, ambiguity and particularity of the Mughal haram, which was pivotal in the transition to institutionalisation and imperial excellence. Contents 1. Introduction 2. A genealogy of the Mughal haram 3. The question of the archive: the challenge of a princess's memoir 4. The making of Mughal court society 5. Where was the haram in a peripatetic world? 6. Settled, sacred, and all-powerful: the new regime under Akbar 7. Settled, sacred, and 'incarcerated': the imperial haram 8. Conclusion. Printed Pages: 26 with 6 b/w illustrations. 034005

Price: 19.25 USD
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