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Revolutionary desires : women, communism, and feminism in India

Author: Ania Loomba
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Revolutionary Desires examines the lives and subjectivities of militant-nationalist and communist women in India from the late 1920s, shortly after the communist movement took root, to the 1960s, when it fractured. This close study demonstrates how India's revolutionary women shaped a new female - and in some cases feminist - political subject in the twentieth century, in collaboration and contestation with Indian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ania Loomba
ISBN: 9780815381730 0815381735 9780815381747 0815381743
OCLC Number: 1027769013
Description: ix, 321 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The romance of revolution --
Love in the time of revolution --
Commune-ism --
The political is personal --
The dance of hunger --
The family romance --
Becoming "Indian."
Responsibility: Ania Loomba.

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"Revolutionary Desires examines the lives and subjectivities of militant-nationalist and communist women in India from the late 1920s, shortly after the communist movement took root, to the 1960s, when it fractured. This close study demonstrates how India's revolutionary women shaped a new female - and in some cases feminist - political subject in the twentieth century, in collaboration and contestation with Indian nationalist, liberal-feminist, and European left-wing models of womenhood. Through a wide range of writings by, and about, revolutionary and communist women, including memoirs, autobiographies, novels, party documents, and interviews, Ania Loomba traces the experiences of these women, showing how they were constrained by, but also how they questioned, the gendered norms of Indian political culture. A collection of carefully restored photographs is dispersed throughout the book, helping to evoke the texture of these women's political experiences, both public and private. Revolutionary Desires is an original and important intervention into a neglected area of leftist and feminist politics in India by a major voice in feminist studies" -- From the publisher.

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