Words of Her Own

Women Authors in Nineteenth-Century Bengal

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ISBN:

9780199498000

Publication date:

01/12/2019

Hardback

456 pages

216.0x140.0mm

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ISBN:

9780199498000

Publication date:

01/12/2019

Hardback

456 pages

216.0x140.0mm

Maroona Murmu

Words of Her Own situates the experiences and articulations of emergent women writers in nineteenth-century Bengal through an exploration of works authored by them. Based on a spectrum of genres—such as autobiographies, novels, and travelogues—this book examines the sociocultural incentives that enabled the dawn of middle-class Hindu and Brahmo women authors at that time. Murmu explores the intersections of class, caste, gender, language, and religion in these works.

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Maroona Murmu

Description

Words of Her Own situates the experiences and articulations of emergent women writers in nineteenth-century Bengal through an exploration of works authored by them. Based on a spectrum of genres—such as autobiographies, novels, and travelogues—this book examines the sociocultural incentives that enabled the dawn of middle-class Hindu and Brahmo women authors at that time. Murmu explores the intersections of class, caste, gender, language, and religion in these works.

Reading these texts within a specific milieu, Murmu sets out to rectify the essentialist conception of women’s writings being a monolithic body of works that displays a firmly gendered form and content, by offering rich insights into the complex world of subjectivities of women in colonial Bengal. In attempting to do so, this book opens up the possibility of reconfiguring mainstream history by questioning the scholarly conceptualization of patriarchy being omnipotent enough to shape the intricacies of gender relations, resulting in the flattening of self-fashioning by women writers. The book contends that there were women authors who flouted the norms of literary aesthetics and tastes set by male literati, thereby creating a literary tradition of their own in Bangla and becoming agents of history at the turn of the century.

About the Author

Maroona Murmu teaches in the Department of History at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

Maroona Murmu

Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures

Acknowledgements

A Note on Translation and Citation

 

Introduction

  1. Women in the Archives: Situating Women’s Writings
  2. Domesticity: Her Subjectivity and Subjection
  3. Personal Narratives: The ‘Cultural Other’ Scripts Her Story
  4. Novels: The Novelties and Realities of Her Life
  5. Travel Writings: Her Travails and Negotiations

 

Concluding Note: Reception of Her Creative Self

 

Appendices

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

 

Maroona Murmu

Maroona Murmu

Maroona Murmu

Description

Words of Her Own situates the experiences and articulations of emergent women writers in nineteenth-century Bengal through an exploration of works authored by them. Based on a spectrum of genres—such as autobiographies, novels, and travelogues—this book examines the sociocultural incentives that enabled the dawn of middle-class Hindu and Brahmo women authors at that time. Murmu explores the intersections of class, caste, gender, language, and religion in these works.

Reading these texts within a specific milieu, Murmu sets out to rectify the essentialist conception of women’s writings being a monolithic body of works that displays a firmly gendered form and content, by offering rich insights into the complex world of subjectivities of women in colonial Bengal. In attempting to do so, this book opens up the possibility of reconfiguring mainstream history by questioning the scholarly conceptualization of patriarchy being omnipotent enough to shape the intricacies of gender relations, resulting in the flattening of self-fashioning by women writers. The book contends that there were women authors who flouted the norms of literary aesthetics and tastes set by male literati, thereby creating a literary tradition of their own in Bangla and becoming agents of history at the turn of the century.

About the Author

Maroona Murmu teaches in the Department of History at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

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Table of contents

List of Tables and Figures

Acknowledgements

A Note on Translation and Citation

 

Introduction

  1. Women in the Archives: Situating Women’s Writings
  2. Domesticity: Her Subjectivity and Subjection
  3. Personal Narratives: The ‘Cultural Other’ Scripts Her Story
  4. Novels: The Novelties and Realities of Her Life
  5. Travel Writings: Her Travails and Negotiations

 

Concluding Note: Reception of Her Creative Self

 

Appendices

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

 

Read More