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Indian Women Myth and Reality

Indian Women Myth and Reality

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  • Dimensions:8.1' X 5.1
  • Edition:1997
  • Author:Jasodhara Bagchi
  • Publisher:Sangam Books
  • ISBN:8173701105
  • Cover Type:Paperback
  • Number of Pages:212 (B & W Illus: 8)
  • Foreword

    'Indian Women: Myth and Reality' was the theme of a National seminar organized by us on 9, 10 and 11 March 1989. Queries from different parts of India prompted us to put together the contributions that make up this volume. This is an incomplete volume, in the sense that a few articles that were either presented or scheduled to be presented in the seminar have nor been included. We hope to bring out a companion volume when they are made available to us.

    We owe special thanks to Chandreyee Niyogi for her careful translation of the inaugural address given by Ashapurna Devi and Shailaja Kejriwal and Arun Patnaik for translating and transcribing Manimala's talk. In preparing the volume we had valuable assistance from Sarbani Goswami, Madhuchchanda Karlekar, Ashok Mukherji, Samir Roy, Subha Das Gupta, Sutapa Niyogi, Subimal Bhattacharya, Robin Mukherji, Srikant Jana and Aniruddha Bagchi, Despite our best efforts flaws always have remained.

    Back of the Book

    This book analyzes the current myths of Indian womanhood and explains how these influence the lives of Indian women. The essays in this volume written by noted historians, social scientists, activists and litterateurs study the social status of women over the past hundred years, as perceived through prevailing social norms, religion, art literature and films. They address the problems of all women, who strive to enrich their lives and surroundings and focus on the fact that whether urban middle class or rural poor, society always seeks to marginalize them through laws, media representations, social customs and economic deprivation. The book notes with concern that no genuine social upliftment can be effected unless the material and ideological constraints on their lives are properly confronted.

    Foreword VII
    Acknowledgements IX
    Contributors XI
    Introduction 1
    The Private and the Public 17
    1 Indian Women: Myth and Reality 19
    Ashapurana Devi
    2 Laws on Woman : Judaism, Christianity and Hinduism 24
    Sukumari Bhattacharji
    3 Motherhood: Power and Powerlessness 34
    Maithreyi Krishnaraj
    4 Slow Pan Left: Feminism and the Problematic of Rights 44
    Susie Tharu
    5 Women of the Killing Belt of Bihar 58
    Workplace and Domesticity 71
    6 Sexual Division of Labour: Myths and Reality in the Indian context 73
    Nirmala Banerjee
    7 Myth and Reality: In the context of Poor Working Women in Kerala 82
    Leela Gulati
    8 Bengali Middle Class Women: Distance Between Myth and Reality 91
    Manika Nag
    9 Hindu Conjugality and Nationalism: in Late Nineteenth Century Bengal 98
    Tanika Sarkar
    Textual Strategies 117
    10 My Husband, Good or Bad': Closures in Bankimchandra's Novels 119
    Manabendra Bandyopadhyay
    11 The Contemporary Popular Bengali Fiction: Textual Strategies 133
    Sibaji Bandyopadhyay
    Ways of Seeing 145
    12 The Women Perceived: The Changing Visual Iconography of the Colonial and Nationalist Period in Bengal 147
    Ratnabali Chattopadhyay and
    Tapati Guha Thakurta
    13 Looking at Women: Sequences 168
    Moinak Biswas
    Making Women Visible 177
    14 Searching Research Materials on Women's Studies 179
    Kalpana Das Gupta
    Index 187
    Plates 193
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