Re-Searching Indian Women

By: Vijaya Ramaswamy (Ed.)

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Contents: Preface. Re-searching icons, re-presenting Indian women/Vijaya Ramaswamy. I. Self-reflections: 1. Seeing Radha/being Radha: singing Ashta chap poetry and Thumri/Vidya Rao. 2. Deepa Mehta’s images of Fire: an interview with Vijaya Ramswamy. 3. From the frying pan to the Fire: dismantled myths and deviant behaviour/Shohini Ghosh. II. Imaging women within historical traditions: 1. Of Theras and Theris: visions of liberation in the early Buddhist tradition/Kumkum Roy. 2. Padmini, the ideal queen: Sufi and Rajput codes in Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s Padmavat/Ramya Sreenivasan. 3. Women in Rajput, Jain and Gujjar literary tradition: a note on Rajasthan/Nandini Sinha. III. Reworking oral traditions: 1. Portrait of romantic heroine extraordinary: analysis of Rajula Malushahi, a Kumauni love legend/Naresh Jain. 2. The metamorphosis of Alli and Neeli: folktales and mythic images of Tamil women/Vijaya Ramaswamy. 3. Lustful women, elusive lovers: identifying males as objects of female desire/Prem Chowdhry. IV. Re-searching women in fiction and biography: 1. A suitable romance: trajectories of courtship in Indian popular fiction/Patricia Uberoi. 2. Overstepping the boundaries: widows as transgressors in Indian fiction/Rajul Sogani. 3. Mediated narratives: Dalit women in miscellaneous writings/Uma Chakravarti. 4. The sympathetic patriarch: women in the fiction of Thoppil Mohammad Meeran/M. Vijayalakshmi. V. Images of women and work: 1. The woman worker: images of militancy in Coimbatore mills/M.V. Shobhana Warrier. 2. Hawa, Gola and mother-in-law’s big toe: on understanding Dais’ imagery of the female body/Janet Chawla. VI. Women on stage: 1. Creatures of the sub-world: nineteenth century actresses of the Bengali stage/Minoti Chatterjee. 2. Excluding the petty and grotesque: depicting women in early twentieth century Marathi theatre/Sudhanva Deshpande. Index. "This book is a part of the ongoing project by women to write themselves back into the historical and social canvas. The present collection of essays takes pride in being a part of this vital process of correcting gender imbalances in centuries old patriarchal structures. However, in many ways, these essays also go beyond the agenda of salvage or retrieval from patriarchal registers. Besides re-opening texts in which even female voices echo the males, the authors also explore the subjectivity of women through the mode of fiction, art, the media and oral traditions. While many of the recent publications under the genre of women’s studies have focussed on women in a generic sense, the present collection is centred around the theme of images and self-images of Indian women. The former implies, by and large, male agency in the imaging of women while the latter signifies a subjective and self-reflexive exercise by women. Printed Pages: 380

Title: Re-Searching Indian Women

Author Name: Vijaya Ramaswamy (Ed.)

Categories: Gender Studies, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Manohar Publishers & Distributors:

ISBN: 8173044961

ISBN 13: 9788173044960

Binding: Hardcover

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Keywords: Re-Searching Indian Women Vijaya Ramaswamy (Ed.)