ISBN 9788132117964,A Space of Her Own : Personal Narratives of Twelve Women

A Space of Her Own : Personal Narratives of Twelve Women


Leela Gulati



SAGE Publications Ltd

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9788132117964

ISBN-10 8132117964


Number of Pages 264 Pages
Language (English)

Gender studies

Several books have been written about the position of women in Indias patriarchal society. This collection of twelve narratives, however, focuses not so much on womens subservient position vis-a-vis men, but on womens 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 100 years, and intersect both the private and public domains. Reflecting on the emotional lines of matriliny within the social structure of patriliny, 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. Four themes emerge prominently from these narratives: The role of renegade predecessors in the family who set out a pattern of independence that paved the way for, or inspired, the author. The presence of mothers or grandmothers who came forward in situations of stress to exhibit unforeseen strengths; and mothers whose demand for personal space remained unfulfilled, but which became a source of determination for the author. The stories of obstacles overcome the biggest of which is being born female in a culture that denigrates, distrusts and ultimately fears women. The effects of external social change which, along with internal family dynamics, made the authors who they are today. 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. Powerful and moving, these narratives will interest students and scholars in the fields of womens studies and cultural studies, while being widely welcomed by feminists, activists and anyone interested in the status of women in India. Was this product information helpful? Yes No TABLE OF CONTENTS 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 Bibliography