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Published: 17 July 2020

456 Pages

ISBN: 9780199498000

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Words of Her Own

Women Authors in Nineteenth-Century Bengal

Author Dr Maroona Murmu

  • Women's writings have mostly been seen within the context of colonial and indigenous efforts of female emancipation as a part of social reform and growth of nationalist ideology.
  • This book deals with the emergence of middle-class Hindu and Brahmo women authors as an ever-growing distinct category questioning scholarly practise of bolstering the grand framework of omnipotent control of patriarchy, denying women authors the credit of being agents of history.
  • Another distinct aspect is its attempt to examine how women authors varied in their writing style, content and language form within and across genres. Probing essentialist conceptions of women's writings, it contends that there exists no monolithic body of 'women's writings' with a firmly gendered language form, style and content.