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Influence of English on Indian Women Writers
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Influence of English on Indian Women Writers
Voices from Regional Languages

  • K. Suneetha Rani - Professor, Centre for Women’s Studies, University of Hyderabad

December 2017 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book reveals English as culture, politics, lifestyle and social change in the context of Indian women.

English as a symbol of modernity in India was first accessed by men, giving them a new image of masculinity while Indian languages were ‘feminized’—seen as meant for women.  Among upper-caste women, English was a vehicle for social reform and for lessening seclusion, invisibility and economic dependence. For the so-called lower castes, the language was aspirational, indicating emancipation and empowerment possibilities, and threatening upper-caste dominance. English formed its own language of gender and made women’s voices stronger in regional languages, which can be seen in the flowering of women’s articles, fiction, biography and letters. This book records the different ways in which women responded to the coming of English into their lives.
K Suneetha Rani
Introduction
C Vijayasree
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Alladi Uma
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Sanjukta Dasgupta
Colonized: The Bengali Woman Writer in British India
Somdatta Bhattacharya
Rokeya’s Dream: Feminist Interventions and Utopias
Meera Kosambi
Marathi Women Novelists and Colonial Modernity: Kashibai Kanitkar and Indirabai Sahasrabuddhe
Omprakash Manikrao Kamble
Mukta Salve: The Early Emergence of a Protest Voice in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Bombay Presidency, 1855
Paromita Bose
Writing Self: Writing for Others
Jinju S
Reconfiguring Boundaries: Education, Modernity and Conjugality in Lalithambika Antharjanam’s Agnisakshi and Zeenuth Futehally’s Zohra
Nikhila H
Securing Pass Marks: Education for Women in the Early Modern Kannada Novel
Sowmya Dechamma
Women and English Education in Coorg/Kodagu: A Discussion of Alternate Modernities during 1834-1882
Yogitha Shetty
Nation, Ideal Womanhood and English Education: Revisiting the First Tulu Novel Sati Kamale
Jasbir Jain
Between Langue and Parole: The Forked Road to Development
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This book reveals English as culture, politics, lifestyle and social change in the context of Indian women.

English as a symbol of modernity in India was first accessed by men, giving them a new image of masculinity while Indian languages were ‘feminized’—seen as meant for women.  Among upper-caste women, English was a vehicle for social reform and for lessening seclusion, invisibility and economic dependence. For the so-called lower castes, the language was aspirational, indicating emancipation and empowerment possibilities, and threatening upper-caste dominance. English formed its own language of gender and made women’s voices stronger in regional languages, which can be seen in the flowering of women’s articles, fiction, biography and letters. This book records the different ways in which women responded to the coming of English into their lives.

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ISBN: 9789381345153