Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India

Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India

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In this engaging and eloquent history, Ruby Lal traces the becoming of nineteenth-century Indian women through a critique of narratives of linear transition from girlhood to womanhood. In the north Indian patriarchal environment, women's lives were dominated by the expectations of the male universal, articulated most clearly in household chores and domestic duties. The author argues that girls and women in the early nineteenth century experienced freedoms, eroticism, adventurousness and playfulness, even within restrictive circumstances. Although women in the colonial world of the later nineteenth century remained agential figures, their activities came to be constrained by more firmly entrenched domestic norms. Lal skillfully marks the subtle and complex alterations in the multifaceted female subject in a variety of nineteenth-century discourses, elaborated in four different sites - forest, school, household, and rooftops.Late-nineteenth-century Indian reform efforts focused on women and the education of the young, and through that on civilization. ... translatable as duty a€” are mentioned repeatedly in the contemporary Urdu and Hindi texts dealing with womena#39;s place and their lives. ... Recasting Women: Essays in Indian Colonial History (New Jersey, 1997); Gail Minault, Secluded Scholars: Womena#39;s Education andanbsp;...

Title:Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India
Author: Ruby Lal
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2013-02-18

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