Non-Fiction Books:

In So Many Words

Women's Life Experiences from Western and Eastern India

Format

Hardback

Customer rating

Click to share your rating 0 ratings (0.0/5.0 average) Thanks for your vote!

Share this product

In So Many Words
Unavailable
Sorry, this product is not currently available to order

Description

This volume will mark a new trend in dealing with women's varied experiences of life: individual introductions situate the narrator in a context - and then her voice takes over, with no intervention from the editors (except to provide footnotes wherever necessary). The personal narrative - be it an autobiography, a letter or a diary - has come to be recognised as an acceptable data source in history and social science. Literary critics and students of literature too find considerable use in reading the personal writings of poets, fiction and crime writers. In this book, readings of personal narratives help in painting various images of lives that we can only know at second hand. The melange includes memoirs, published articles, `portraits from memory', a collection of essays , and an oral interview. In all, the self was the focus. The writings of Sailabala, Li Gotami, and Shakuntala go beyond a recounting of their lives and deal with spiritual and travel experiences. Three of the essays are excerpts from published autobiographies - Sarala Devi Chaudhurani's Jeevaner Jharapata (Life's Fallen Leaves), Kalpana Dutt's Reminiscences and Sailabala Das's A Look Before and After. Vidyagauri Nilkanth's writings are essays and a selection of amazingly candid letters exchanged with her husband. Anasuya Sarabahi's is an interview in Gujarati with niece Gira and Monica's a selection from an unpublished memoir. Li Gotami, whose original name was Rutty Petit, travelled to Manasarovar, and a few of the magazine articles on this amazing journey have been reproduced here. Whichever form a woman chooses, writing about her self, is emancipatory; she may be a person who has so far received little attention from the family or the world. Or she may be one who is a well-known public figure - yet little is known about her childhood. So she writes about many selves - life is not about one coherent self but rather one of many lives and experiences. In other words, the pen gives woman agency - she moves out from under the shroud of victim hood and becomes one who can write about her lives. The volume also has some carefully chosen photographs, gleaned from personal collections, so far a neglected area of use in academic study. These provide an important visual context to the many worlds that the women inhabited.

Author Biography

Aparna Basu is currently Patron of the All-India Women's Conference, and Chairperson, Lakshmibai College, Unversity of Delhi. Her publications include Growth of Education and Political Development in India, 1898-1920 (1974); and A Rebel With a Cause: Mridula Sarabhai (1996). Malavika Karlekar is Editor of Indian Journal of Gender Studies. Her publications include Poverty and Women's Work: A Study of Sweeper Women in Delhi (1982); Voices from Within: Early Personal Narratives of Bengali Women (1991); Re-Visioning the Past: Early Photography in Bengal, 1875-1915 (2005).
Release date NZ
April 20th, 2017
Contributors
Edited by Aparna Basu Edited by Malavika Karlekar
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge India
Pages
152
ISBN-13
9781138164734
Product ID
27787358

Customer reviews

Nobody has reviewed this product yet. You could be the first!

Write a Review

Marketplace listings

There are no Marketplace listings available for this product currently.
Already own it? Create a free listing and pay just 9% commission when it sells!

Sell Yours Here

Help & options

  • If you think we've made a mistake or omitted details, please send us your feedback. Send Feedback
  • If you have a question or problem with this product, visit our Help section. Get Help
Filed under...

Buy this and earn 1,161 Banana Points