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Author Name    Aparna Bandyopadhyay (Author) & Geraldine Forbes (Frwd)

Title   Desire and Defiance: A Study of Bengali Women in Love,-1850-1930

Binding   Hardcover

Book Condition   New

Jacket Condition   New

Edition   First Edition

Size   15 x 23 Cm

Publisher   New Delhi, India Orient BlackSwan 2016

ISBN    8125062351 / 9788125062356

Seller ID   108391

Power is the key element of patriarchy; and the other significant element is love. Traditional control over womenís sexuality was rearticulated in the mid-nineteenth century through the ideology of a non-consensual, non-dissoluble conjugality, based on the wifeís unconditional fidelity and loyalty to her husband. Intertwined with this control was the fear that women would transgress, fears that even led to a backlash against representations of womenís deviant love in novels, and attempts to prevent women from reading. Despite these restrictions, some women did follow their desires, in defiance of social norms.Desire and Defiance retells story of heterosexual love in Bengal from the womanís perspective. Focusing primarily on upper-caste Bengali women from both Hindu and Brahmo backgrounds, this book explores aspects of heterosexual intimacy that were considered transgressive by upper-caste Hindu society. Resisting societal attempts to confine their sexuality, many upper-caste Hindu and Brahmo women married (or remarried) according to their own choice, or engaged in non-marital and extra-marital intimacy. However, as the book shows, such transgression usually led to harassment, familial and social ostracism, and severe social sanctions. The colonial bureaucracy, judiciary and media exercised control over womenís sexuality through laws and strictures, highlighting the way patriarchy transcended the divide between the public and the private, the coloniser and the colonised.Providing a feminist understanding of the high-caste Hindu/Brahmo womanís varied and mostly unrewarding experiences of intimacy outside the bounds of normative relationships, this book provides a glimpse into the deeply gendered world of love. Interesting and informative, this book will be useful to students and scholars of womenís studies, history, sociology and culture studies. Printed Pages: 316.

Desire and Defiance: A Study of Bengali Women in Love,-1850-1930 Aparna Bandyopadhyay (Author) & Geraldine Forbes (Frwd)

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