ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Are Goddesses Real? The Ethnographer as a Believer

Are Goddesses Real? The ethnographer as a believer Sachidananda Mohanty Straddling many geographic locations and encompassing south Asia, new England and Latin America, the essays in the volume by Frederique Apffel-Marglin go beyond the traditional boundaries of cultural anthropology and critique its claim for definitive knowledge. This is a collection of her articles published earlier over a period of 20 years.

Education and Female Identity

Female Identity Pliable Pupils and Sufficient Self-Directors: Narratives of Female Education by Five British Women Writers 1778-1814 by Barnita Bagchi; Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2004;

Burden of Shakti

The issue of women as cultural icons is a highly contentious one with far-reaching political implications. Some outstanding literary women in late 19th and early 20th century Orissa consciously embraced Shakti, for personal empowerment and participation in wider political space. But the emblems they embraced and the lives they lived betrayed unsolved contradictions: personal love versus public service, drudgery of domestic life versus the desire for literary creativity, the loyalty to a married partner vis-a-vis the attraction to a true companion of the soul, intimate social longing and demands for public chastity.

Female Identity and Conduct Book Tradition in Orissa

Feminist critics and historiographers have studied the place of 'advice for women' texts vis-a-vis female identity formation in Bengal during the late 19th and early 20th century. Regrettably, however, little or no work has been done in the context of Orissa. This essay focuses attention on a three-volume work Gruha Laxmi by Jagabandhu Singh published during the late thirties and early forties in Orissa.

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