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Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia

Gender and Criminality in Bangla Crime Narratives

Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Authors: Roy, Shampa

  • Provides a multi-disciplinary exploration into Bangla crime writing through historical, literary and sociological lenses
  • Investigates both canonical and lesser-known literary works to assess their treatment of the role of women within the narrative
  • Explores the portrayal of women as both criminals and victims, throughout a range of colonial crime fiction
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About this book

This book examines diverse literary writings in Bangla related to crime in late nineteenth and early twentieth century colonial Bengal, with a timely focus on gender. It analyses crime-centred fiction and non-fiction in the region to see how actual or imagined crimes related to women were shaped and fashioned into images and narratives for contemporary genteel readers. The writings have been examined within a social-historical context where gender was a fiercely contested terrain for publicly fought debates on law, sexual relations, reform, and identity as moulded by culture, class, and caste. Both canonized literary writings (like those of Bankim Chatterji) as well as non-canonical, popular writings (of writers who have not received sufficient critical attention) are scrutinised in order to examine how criminal offences featuring women (as both victims and offenders) have been narrated in early manifestations of the genre of crime writing in Bangla. An empowered and thought-provoking study, this book will be of special interest to scholars of criminology and social justice, literature, and gender.

About the authors

Dr. Shampa Roy is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Miranda House, University of Delhi, India. Roy has published on varied subjects ranging from the problems of postcolonial pedagogy to Victorian memsahibs’ writings. Her recent research interests focus on nineteenth century Bangla writings and crime fictions. 

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Roy, Shampa

    Pages 1-49

  • Bleak Houses: Domestic Dystopias and Crimes in Bankim’s Bishbrikhha and Krishnakanta’s Will

    Roy, Shampa

    Pages 51-96

  • Wanton Wives and Widows: Offending Female Bodies in the Daroga Accounts of Priyanath Mukhopadhyay

    Roy, Shampa

    Pages 97-141

  • Deviant by Design: Female Criminals in the Daroga Accounts of Priyanath Mukhopadhyay

    Roy, Shampa

    Pages 143-184

  • Detection and Desire: Male Goyendas and Their Female Bête-Noires in the Early Bangla Detective Novels

    Roy, Shampa

    Pages 185-225

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51598-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-51597-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gender and Criminality in Bangla Crime Narratives
Book Subtitle
Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51598-8
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-51598-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51597-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 247
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