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Feminism and Contemporary Indian Women
 
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Feminism and Contemporary Indian Women's Writing
 
 
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20 Jan 2010
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Elizabeth Jackson conducts a developmental and comparative study of feminist concerns expressed through the novels of the four best-known and most prolific Indian female authors writing in English during the latter half of the twentieth century: Kamala Markandaya, Nayantara Sahgal, Anita Desai, and Shashi Deshpande. The introduction situates their work within its Indian historical and political context, and each of the five chapters explores an area of particular relevance to their fictional writing: Women, Cultural Identity and Social Class; Marriage and Sexuality; Motherhood and Other Work; Women's Role in Maintaining and/or Resisting Patriarchy; and Form and Narrative Strategy. Each chapter is contextualised with a brief survey of Indian and western feminist approaches to the particular area under consideration. Feminism and Contemporary Indian Women's Writing explores areas of commonality and divergence between Indian and 'western' feminisms, highlighting the limits of both approaches to suggest future directions for feminism itself.


Description

Elizabeth Jackson conducts a developmental and comparative study of feminist concerns expressed through the novels of the four best-known and most prolific Indian female authors writing in English during the latter half of the twentieth century: Kamala Markandaya, Nayantara Sahgal, Anita Desai, and Shashi Deshpande. The introduction situates their work within its Indian historical and political context, and each of the five chapters explores an area of particular relevance to their fictional writing: Women, Cultural Identity and Social Class; Marriage and Sexuality; Motherhood and Other Work; Women's Role in Maintaining and/or Resisting Patriarchy; and Form and Narrative Strategy. Each chapter is contextualised with a brief survey of Indian and western feminist approaches to the particular area under consideration. Feminism and Contemporary Indian Women's Writing explores areas of commonality and divergence between Indian and 'western' feminisms, highlighting the limits of both approaches to suggest future directions for feminism itself.


Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Women, Cultural Identity, and Social Class
Marriage and Sexuality
Motherhood and Other Work
Women's Role in Maintaining and/or Resisting Patriarchy
Form and Narrative Strategy
Conclusion
References
Bibliography
Index


Authors

ELIZABETH JACKSON is a Sessional Lecturer in Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, where she teaches courses on Victorian, colonial and postcolonial literatures. She has also taught at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she earned her PhD in 2007.