Indian nationalism and female sexuality : a Trinidadian tale

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Sex and the citizen : interrogating the Caribbean

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The aim of this essay is to investigate a conjuncture of modernity, Indianness, and woman that is radically different from our own in India, in the hope that it will de-familiarize our formation as well as throw some new light on the elements that led to its consolidation. I attempt to alter the lens through which we have been accustomed to viewing or framing the emergence of that discursive subject, the modern Indian woman. In analyzing the formation of “woman” in India, we often use, almost as if by default, the implicit comparisons with Western or metropolitan situations. I want to ask whether our frameworks might look different when the points of reference include other nonmetropolitan contexts, in particular those that are historically imbricated with our own, even if in ways that are obscured by later developments.

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Niranjana, T. (2011). Indian nationalism and female sexuality: A Trinidadian tale. In F. Smith (Ed.), Sex and the citizen: Interrogating the Caribbean (pp. 101-124). Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press.