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Author: Eunice de Souza
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0 19 5659155
This anthology brings together the writings of some Indian women who made pioneering social and literary contributions during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It draws attention to the range and quality of this writing, some of which has slipped from public memory.
The anthology comprises excerpts from letters, tracts, diaries, magazines, articles, autobiographies, biographies, short stories, and even speeches. The women writers included her address a wide range of issues, some particularly important in the context of the nineteenth century-a time when the demand for social reforms for women began to acquire a political dimension and was perceived as part of a larger national problem.
Animate with conviction, most of the writing is observant and sharp, and has an urgency that addresses the reader directly. Traversing a wide canvas, some of the excerpts discuss theatre, dance, travel, and personal experiences, while others dwell on social issues, doctrinal problems, orthodox practices, and the position of women in society.
An Introduction by Eunice de Souza captures the spirit of this anthology and calls for a re-assessment of the place of these women writers in India’s literary canon. The biographical notes by Lindsay Pereira complete the picture by providing essential details of the lives and works of these women.
This book is a must for anyone interested in women’s literature of modern India.
1.Dosebai Cowasjee Jessawalla
6.Shevantibai M Nikambe
7.Maharanee Sunity Devee CI of Cooch Behar
11.Maharani Chimnabai Gaekwad II of Baroda
12.F K Patuck
14.Lady Mehri Dorab Tata
15.Kitty Shiva Rao
16.Sakinatul Fatima Wazir Hasan
18.Rokeya Sakhawat hossain
20.Dr S Muthulakshmi Reddy
28.Krishna Nehru Hutheesing
30.Aruna Asaf Ali
31.Venu Chitale (Leelabai Ganesh Khare)
33.Ramabai, C T (Ramabai Trikannad)
34.Noor-Un-Nisa Inayat khan
38.Santha Rama Rau
40.Brinda Maharani of Kapurthala