Ideals, Images, and Real Lives: Women in Literature and History

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Alice Thorner, Maithreyi Krishna Raj
Orient Blackswan, 2000 - Feminism - 353 pages
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Women studies as a distinct field emerged in India in the mid-seventies. But preoccupation with the position of women dates back to more than a century and a half. By the use of methods of history, literary criticism and analysis of discourse, this volume seeks not only to illustrate the broadening of the sphere of women studies in India in recent years, but also to point to the need for relating ideas about women and gender relations to the social and economic forces that shape history.
 

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Contents

Permeable Boundaries MAITHREYI KRISHNARAJ
1
MENS IDEALS
21
Changes in Bengali Social Life
37
Missionary
68
Romanticism and Resistance
91
Women Ascetics
145
Image of Women
159
Womanhood
176
Govardhanrams Women SONAL SHUKLA
192
How Equal? Women in Premchands Writings
216
Dasigal Mosavalai
233
Myth
257
Construction and Reconstruction
288
Feminine Identity and National Ethos in Indian
322
Index
347
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