Words To Win: The Making Of A Modern Autobiography by Tanika SarkarWords To Win: The Making Of A Modern Autobiography by Tanika Sarkar

Words To Win: The Making Of A Modern Autobiography

byTanika Sarkar

Paperback | February 15, 2014

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The first full-length autobiography in Bengali, Amar Jiban (My Life) was written in the early nineteenth century by an upper-caste rural housewife named Rashundari Debi. Published in 1868 when she was 88 years old, the book is a fascinating snapshot of life for women in the nineteenth century. Debi, who gave birth to eleven children—her first was born when she was 18-years-old, the last when she was forty-one—ruminates on her very individual understanding of bhakti as well as the new times that were unfolding around her.

Offering a translation of major sections of this remarkable autobiography, Words to Win is a portrait of a woman who wants to compose a life of her own, wishes to present it in the public sphere, and eventually accomplishes just that. The words, in the end, win out. First published in 1999, the book is a must-read for anyone interested in nineteenth-century Indian history. The classic text is reissued here in a new paperback format.
Tanika Sarkar is a historian of modern India and author of Bengal 1928-1934: The Politics of Protest and Hindu Wife, Hindu Nation: Religion, Community, Cultural Nationalism. She also coedited Khaki Shorts and Saffron Flags: A Critique of Hindutva and Women and the Hindu Right.
Title:Words To Win: The Making Of A Modern AutobiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:318 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:February 15, 2014Publisher:Zubaan BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:9381017905

ISBN - 13:9789381017906

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Her Times, Her Places
3. The Changing World of Religion
4. Strishiksha, or Education for Women
5. Women's Writings
Amar Jiban (My Life)
6. On Re-reading the Text

Editorial Reviews

“Tanika Sarkar’s dissection of the text—the autobiography of an upper-caste East Bengali widow from a family of landlords, who teaches herself to read and write in secrecy as it’s a taboo to do so—yields a cracking yarn of social history.”