ISBN 9780761933151,A Space of Her Own : Personal Narratives of Twelve Women

A Space of Her Own : Personal Narratives of Twelve Women


Leela Gulati


SAGE India



SAGE India

Publication Year 2005

ISBN 9780761933151

ISBN-10 0761933158


Number of Pages 276 Pages
Language (English)

Gender studies

Several books have been written about the position of women in India?s patriarchal society. This collection of twelve narratives, however, focuses not so much on women?s subservient position vis-a-vis men, but on women?s relations with each other. With the authors locating their personal struggles within those of three generations of women in their families, these narratives span a period of over a 100 years, and intersect both the private and public domains. Each narrative in A Space of Her Own is a tale of how the author fought to establish her own personhood and create a sphere of autonomy where she is able to make decisions to nurture herself and those around her. It is stories such as these, the editors argue which, when repeated over generations, will inspire women to live with dignity and to create and defend lives for themselves, their families, and the women who follow them.... Table of Contents Introduction CAROLYN M ELLIOTT The Wind Beneath My Wings NABANEETA DEV SEN A Heritage of Heresy within Tradition VINA MAZUMDAR A Daughter of Awadh ZARINA BHATTY A Struggle for Space HEMA SUNDARAM The Tyranny of Tradition LEELA GULATI Wings Come to Those who Fly MAITHREYI KRISHNA RAJ The Times that are A-Changing PRITI T DESAI Uneven Earth and Open Sky SAROJA KAMAKSHI Abode of Colour VIJAYA MEHTA Striking New Roots SUSHIL NARULLA Matriliny within Patriliny JASODHARA BAGCHI Three Generations of Women MARY ROY Afterword: The Colonised Coloniser ARLIE HOCHSCHILD Select Bibliography