Ashapurna Devi and Feminist Consciousness in Bengal: A Bio-critical Reading

Hardcover | January 6, 2015

byDipannita Datta

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Ashapurna Devi, one of the foremost Indian women writers, was born in colonial Bengal in 1909. She lived until 1995, witnessing the transitions and transformations that took place in society, culture, and family life during the colonial times and after India gained political independence.Recognized and honoured for her novels, short stories, and poetry in Bengali, Ashapurna wrote more than 240 novels, over 2,000 stories, and 62 books for children, along with many other unpublished essays and letters. Her stories are woven around her familiar world but are universal in appeal.Through her writings, Ashapurna casts an ironical eye on the patriarchal social norms.Exploring Ashapurna's correspondence, essays, and interviews, this book opens new dimensions to our understanding of her writings. Her non-fiction works, which reveal her concern with the condition of women in society and their role in the family, help us to better understand the mind and art of oneof the finest writers of our time.

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Ashapurna Devi, one of the foremost Indian women writers, was born in colonial Bengal in 1909. She lived until 1995, witnessing the transitions and transformations that took place in society, culture, and family life during the colonial times and after India gained political independence.Recognized and honoured for her novels, short st...

Dipannita Datta is Lecturer, Post-Graduate English, Centre for Studies in Book Publishing at the University of Calcutta.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:January 6, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198099991

ISBN - 13:9780198099994

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PrefaceA Critical OverviewSilence and its Contours1. Ashapurna Devi: Her Life, Private and Public (1909-1995)2. Resisting Silence: Ashapurna Challenging Hegemony?The Voices of Invisibility1. Essays by Ashapurna DeviPrelude to Ashapurna's EssaysSociety and the Role of WomenPresent Education System and Women's Self-sufficiencyGirls of Kolkata -Then and NowLaws are not the Sole Answer to ProblemsWomen in the Service of Humanity3. Letters to and from Ashapurna DeviThe Other Side of LoveConversations with Ashapurna DeviSubhadra Urmila MajumdarPartha ChatterjeeChitra DebJhara BasuEnakshi ChattyopadhyayAnnexures:A Brief Chronological Biography of Ashapurna DeviFrom Ashapurna's DiaryList of Translated Works of Ashapurna Devi in EnglishIndexAbout the Author