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Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Community, Religion, and Cultural Nationalism
     

Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Community, Religion, and Cultural Nationalism

by Tanika Sarkar
 

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ISBN-10: 0253222095

ISBN-13: 9780253222091

Pub. Date: 11/08/2010

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Analyzing literary and social traditions, elite voices, and popular culture, Tanika Sarkar examines Hindu ideas and the creation of dominant conceptions of womanhood and nationhood in northern India. She explores proto-nationalist novels, scandal literature, rumors, women's memoirs, and the popular press of colonial times for what they reveal about the subaltern

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Analyzing literary and social traditions, elite voices, and popular culture, Tanika Sarkar examines Hindu ideas and the creation of dominant conceptions of womanhood and nationhood in northern India. She explores proto-nationalist novels, scandal literature, rumors, women's memoirs, and the popular press of colonial times for what they reveal about the subaltern ideas that have shaped contemporary India. She concludes with a detailed examination of how earlier Indian religious traditions of saintliness, sacrifice, heroism, and warfare have been subverted or transformed by militant and fundamentalist forms of Hinduism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253222091
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/08/2010
Pages:
298
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation 23

Domesticity and Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century Bengal

2 Talking About Scandals 53

Religion, Law and Love in Late Nineteenth-Century Bengal

3 A Book of Her Own, A Life of Her Own 95

The Autobiography of a Nineteenth-Century Woman 95

4 Bankimchandra and the Impossibility of a Political Agenda 135

5 Imagining Hindu Rashtra 163

The Hindu and the Muslim in Bankimchandra's Writings

6 Conjugality and Hindu Nationalism 191

Resisting Colonial Reason and the Death of a Child-Wife

7 A Pre-History of Rights? The Age of Consent Debates in Colonial Bengal 226

8 Nationalist Iconography 250

The Image of Women in Nineteenth-Century Bengali Literature

9 Aspects of Contemporary Hindutva Theology 268

The Voice of Sadhvi Rithambhara

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