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Partition and Its Meanings

explores, analyses and also describes Partition and Its Meanings experiences and implications of this com- The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in Eastern India edited by Jasodhara Bagchi and Subhoranjan Dasgupta; published by Stree, Kolkata 2003;

Projects of Hegemony

The purpose of this paper is to integrate a Marxist critique of subaltern studies with a feminist one, using Partha Chatterjee's formulation of the "nationalist resolution of the women's question" as a reflector for his and other subaltern theorists' position of hegemony and de-colonisation. Such a Marxist feminist perspective, applied to questions of idology and politics, should help to throw light on aspects of cultural nationalism in India as well as in other places, including the west, where mini-nationalism flourish within the small domain of multiculturalism.

Fashioning a Self-Educational Proposals for and by Women in Popular Magazines in Colonial Bengal

Educational Proposals for and by Women in Popular Magazines in Colonial Bengal Himani Bannerji Controversies raging around women's education and the 'educated woman'or 'bhadramahila' in Bengal in the 19th century signalled far beyond the immediate social problems of women and served as a complex signifter of the composition of social subjectivities of the middle classes. What role did women themselves play in this process of being drawn into the hegemonic fold and of themselves being agents in this hegemonic process? How did women fare in the 'self-making' of their classes and of themselves and what modes did they adopt in this necessary task of fashioning selves and society?

The Mirror of Class-Class Subjectivity and Politics in 19th Century Bengal

The political, social and cultural understanding of the Bengali middle classes originating in the terrain of colonial capital was shaped through practices and ideas that came from the bourgeois world of the nest. The incoming discourse and practices originated in a mode of production, language and worldviews which were not only alien to Bengal but also at odds with it both in terms of power of assertion and contradiction within the existing social and cultural life. The work of the new classes lay in coping creatively with the new determining forces that impacted upon them They developed a mode of doing and being, as the colonial era evolved, which provided them with a social physiognomy quite specific to themselves and distinct from other classes both in the city and country side. When we contrast the 19th century Bengali upper class society with its counterpart in 18th century Bengal, the rapidity in the reworking of the social and intellectual space seems astronomical. This was a matter both of choice and of need arising out of the actuality of colonialism, which was met both consciously and spontaneously. It illustrates the truth of Marx's statement that people make history, but not as they please.

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