I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari

By: Harmony Siganporia

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Contents: Introduction. 1. Setting the Stage: A Biographical Sketch of the Early Years. 2. Gujarat and the Gujaratis: The Reformer-as-Ethnographer and Creator of the Template Colonial Textbook. 3. Engagement with the Women s Question : From the Rukhmabai Case and Notes, to the Passing of the Age of Consent Act (1884 1891). 4. The Indian Eye on English Life: Reversing the Colonial Gaze. 5. The Pamphlets Re-Considered: The Indian Problem and India in 1897. Conclusion: Sedition Charge as Recompense for a Lifetime s Loyalty. Appendix: Native Publications in India-Charge against Mr Malabari. Bibliography. Index. An examination and critical analysis of the life-work and times of Behramji Merwanji Malabari (1853-1912)-Parsi social reformer, journalist, poet, proto ethnographer/anthropologist, travel writer, and a vital catalyst of change who did much to shape the national reform discourse-I am the Widow is an intellectual biography that compares and analyses his diverse writings and concerns individually, and in relation to each other. This exercise reveals a society in transition in the late nineteenth century, providing us with an understanding of this crucial and formative moment in Indian history. The book also evaluates Malabari s lifelong commitment to working for the uplift of women, particularly widows, even as it explores the politics of representation and outlines some of the tensions that such a voicing of women s issues by male reformers such as Malabari entails. Whether observing his own Parsi community, women, the British coloniser, or India and Indians at large, as a litterateur and quasi cultural anthropologist, Malabari possessed the innate human ability to identify with another as much as the ability to refuse to identify solely with oneself . Malabari had two biographies written about him before he was forty, and a third two years after his death. He then vanished almost completely from the pages of Parsi and Indian history, reduced at best to a footnote. This fourth biography attempts to discover why.This text will be a rare and valuable asset to scholars of history, culture studies and literary studies. Printed Pages: 304

Title: I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari

Author Name: Harmony Siganporia

Categories: Biography, India,

Publisher: New Delhi, Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd: 2018

ISBN: 9789352873906

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 1202346

Keywords: I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari Harmony Siganporia