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Lal: Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India

Lal, Ruby:
Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India : The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness / Ruby Lal. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013. - xvii, 229 S. : Ill., Kt.
ISBN 978-1-10-703024-4
£ 60,00 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-139-84846-6
US$ 76,00 (eBook)
DDC: 305.2352095409034
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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. [Verlagsinformation]

List of Photos. vi
List of Maps. vii
Acknowledgments. ix
Note on Transliteration, Translation and Citations. xv
Prelude: Opening the Door. 1
1. Texts, Spaces, Histories. 32
2. The Woman of the Forest. 59
3. The Woman of the School. 87
4. The Woman of the Household. 125
5. The Woman of the Rooftops. 168
A Retrospekt: In Pursuit of Playfulness. 200
Bibliography. 209
Index. 219


Ruby Lal, Associate Professor of South Asian Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., USA. Profile page.

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