Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700

Burning Women

Widows, Witches, and Early Modern European Travelers in India

Authors: Banerjee, P.

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In early modern Europe, the circulation of visual and verbal transmissions of sati, or Hindu widow burning, not only informed responses to the ritualized violence of Hindu culture, but also intersected in fascinating ways with specifically European forms of ritualized violence and European constructions of gender ideology. European accounts of women being burned in India uncannily commented on the burnings of women as witches and criminal wives in Europe. When Europeans narrated their accounts of sati, perhaps the most striking illustration of Hindu patriarchal violence, they did not specifically connect the act of widow burning to a corresponding European signifier: the gruesome ceremonial burnings of women as witches. In examining early modern representations of sati, the book focuses specifically on those strategies that enabled European travellers to protect their own identity as uniquely civilized amidst spectacular displays of 'Eastern barbarity'.

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POMPA BANERJEE is Assistant Professor of English at University of Colorado, Denver and author of a number of articles on east-west connections in the early modern period.

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'Overall this is an impressive book which synthesizes disparate narratives of discovery, morality, and gender differentiation to illuminate the role of women in early modern culture.' - Jyotsna Singh, Michigan State University


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Burning Women
Book Subtitle
Widows, Witches, and Early Modern European Travelers in India
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern Cultural Studies 1500–1700
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-05204-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-137-05204-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6018-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-73046-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 278
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