On the Far Side of Memory: Short Stories of Lalithambika Antharjanam by Lalithambika AntharjanamOn the Far Side of Memory: Short Stories of Lalithambika Antharjanam by Lalithambika Antharjanam

On the Far Side of Memory: Short Stories of Lalithambika Antharjanam

byLalithambika Antharjanam

Hardcover | October 18, 2017

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Lalithambika Antharjanam (1909-1989) was one of the earliest women to gain recognition in modern Malayalam literature as one of the first voices raised on behalf of women. Her works deal with the struggles of the women in her community, their assertion of independence from the men in theirlives, and their unease with modern domesticity and community reformism. She has, however, always been straitjacketed as a "romantic author", as a "voice of social reform among the Malayali Brahmins", due to a selective readings of her writings, which projected some of her writing as more valuablethan others. This collection of her twenty-two short stories covers almost the entire span of her writing, from the 1930s to the 1980s. The volume seeks to place her as a feminist public intellectual intervening in the literary and sociopolitical debates of her times, which, of course, change dramatically acrossthe course of the century. Antharjanam emerges as an important voice that responded critically to imaginations of gender that were dominant in the mainstream of social reform discourse in the 1930s and after, and indeed sought to rewrite the terms of that discourse in ways that could potentially bemore favourable to women. It also reveals the limits of her attempts at reinscription, due to the limitations of her times and social location.
Lalithambika Antharjanam (1909-1989) is widely recognized as one of the first women to win acclaim in the early twentieth century as a writer in modern Malayalam literature. Born in a progressive Brahmin family in south Kerala, she was one of the few Brahmin women who were exposed to modern learning and ways of life, at a time when tra...
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Title:On the Far Side of Memory: Short Stories of Lalithambika AntharjanamFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:October 18, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199477787

ISBN - 13:9780199477784

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Table of Contents

Introduction: A Woman Among the Reformers1. Life and Death2. She, the Undying3. The Sugar-Sweet Kiss4. Recognition5. Prasadam6. Is This Desirable?7. Realism8. Great Expectations9. Legacy10. At the Edge of the Field11. Letter from a Woman Writer12. Cobwebs13. The Ruined Life14. The Wooden Cradle15. Facing the Flames16. Within the Veil17. The Signatories18. Come Back!19. The Scent of Breast-milk20. On the Far Side of Memory21. Sowmini Lodge22. The Song Without a SongstressAbout the Author and the Translator