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Real and Imagined Women : Gender, Culture and Postcolonialism

By: Sunder Rajan, Rajeswari.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2003Edition: 1.Description: 1 online resource (157 p.).ISBN: 9780203359662.Subject(s): Feminism | Postcolonialism | Sati | Sex role | WomenGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Real and Imagined Women : Gender, Culture and PostcolonialismDDC classification: 305.42/0954 | 305.420954 LOC classification: HQ1075.5.IHQ1075.5.I4S86 1993ebOnline resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Book Cover; Title; Contents; List of figures; Acknowklegements; INTRODUCTION: Subjectivity, representation and the politics of postcoloniality; THE SUBJECT OF SATI: Pain and death in the contemporary discourse on sati; REPRESENTING SATI: Continuities and discontinuities; LIFE AFTER RAPE: Narrative, rape and feminism; THE NAME OF THE HUSBAND: Testimony and taboo in the wife''s discourse; GENDER, LEADERSHIP AND REPRESENTATION: the ''case'' of Indira Gandhi; REAL AND IMAGINED WOMEN: Politics and/of representation; Index
Summary: An essential addition to the postcolonial debate which offers a challenging mode of `reading resistance'' which destroys the stereotyped and sensationalised humanist image of the `third world woman'' as victim.
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Book Cover; Title; Contents; List of figures; Acknowklegements; INTRODUCTION: Subjectivity, representation and the politics of postcoloniality; THE SUBJECT OF SATI: Pain and death in the contemporary discourse on sati; REPRESENTING SATI: Continuities and discontinuities; LIFE AFTER RAPE: Narrative, rape and feminism; THE NAME OF THE HUSBAND: Testimony and taboo in the wife''s discourse; GENDER, LEADERSHIP AND REPRESENTATION: the ''case'' of Indira Gandhi; REAL AND IMAGINED WOMEN: Politics and/of representation; Index

An essential addition to the postcolonial debate which offers a challenging mode of `reading resistance'' which destroys the stereotyped and sensationalised humanist image of the `third world woman'' as victim.

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A dominant state, highly stratified social structures, and severe conflicts between tradition and modernity serve as the backdrop for Sunder Rajan's six essays on gender in India today. Through a content analysis of Indian media advertisements, and Indian as well as non-Indian films and fiction, Sunder Rajan uncovers the taboos that reinforce socially sanctioned violence against women to answer such questions as: How do the cultural mechanics of gender-appropriate silence justify the killing of females as fetuses and young brides? Why do so many women give the kind of death-bed testimony that enables their husbands and their families to remain unpunished even when they clearly drove these women to suicide or murdered them? How can one explain the rise and acceptance of Indira Gandhi as a leader in a predominately patriarchal culture? To interpret the subtexts of self and society Sunder Rajan goes beyond the sensationalist portrayal of suttee to explore the issues involved in grassroots protests by the women's groups at local levels. The author also investigates the subjectivity of body in pain in suttee experienced as a woman burning alive, rather than focusing on the finality of death. Sunder Rajan excels in presenting complex ideas in a lucid style. Valuable to both the professional and the general student of feminist theory. Excellent footnotes.

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