Women as Subjects considers the changing identity and status of women in India today - how they view themselves and how they are viewed - through the current work of seven scholars: anthropologists, historians and sociologists from India, the United Kingdom and the United States. These essays, combined with Nita Kumar's substantial theoretical introduction, illustrate the overall problem of women's subjectivity and serve to question, modify and adapt Western-based feminist theory and Eurocentric postmodern theory, building a bridge both to non-South Asian feminist work and to nonfeminist South Asian work.
Nita Kumar is a fellow in History at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences in Calcutta. With a doctorate from the University of Chicago, she previously taught at Brown University. Her books include The Artisans of Banaras and Informants, Brothers, and Friends.
Women's Speech Genres, Kinship and the Contradiction, Gloria Goodwin Raheja; Power and Violence - Hindu Images of Female Fury, Ann Grodzins Gold; Between Two Worlds - Self-Construction and Self-Identity in the Writings of Three 19th-century Indian Christian Women, Leslie E. Flemming; Other Voices, Other Rooms - the View from the Zenana, Gail Minault; Killing My Heart's Desire - Education and Female Autonomy in Rural North India, Patricia Jeffery and Roger Jeffery; Gender and Politics in Garhwal, William Sax; Oranges for the Girls or the Half-Known Story of the Education of Girls in 20th-century Banaras, Nita Kimar.