August 13, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 300 Pages
ISBN 9780367253998 - CAT# 309551
Series: South Asian History and Culture
Women Speak Nation underlines the centrality of gender within the ideological construction of nationalism. The volume locates itself in a rich scholarship of feminist critique of the relationship between political, economic, cultural and social formations and normative gendered relations to try and understand the cross currents in contemporary feminist theorizing and politics.
The volume explores spaces, movements, identities, politics, and performances that capture intersections between ‘institutionalized’ nationalism and unsanctioned spaces that censure such official representations of the nation. The essays question the gendered depictions of the nation as Hindu, upper caste, middle-class, heterosexual, able bodied Indian mother. The volume also brings together interviews and short essays from practitioners, and activists who voice an alternative re-imagining of the nation.
The book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of gender, politics, modern South Asian history, and cultural studies.
Women Speak Nation: An introduction
Part I: Gender, Nation, and Nationalism
Part II: Class-Caste-Community: Negotiating the Secular, the Liberal and the Modern
Part III: Women’s Movement(s), Representations, and Resistances
Mallarika Sinha Roy
Part IV: Voices of Dissent
Translated from Bangla by Sayantan Dasgupta