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ERIC Number: EJ771171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
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ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
Transfiguring Criminality: Eclectic Representations of a Female Bandit in Indian Nationalist and Feminist Rhetoric
Garlough, Christine
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v93 n3 p253-278 Aug 2007
In this article, I trace appropriations of the Bengali bandit Devi Chaudhurani as she is transfigured within the Indian nationalist novel "Devi Chaudhurani" and the contemporary feminist street play "Meye Dile Sajiye" or "Giving Away the Girl." These representations are characterized by an eclecticism and a hybridity that treat "the bandit" as a hermeneutical resource for rhetorical invention. Each representation draws its force from the tensions and incongruities it strategically manifests, playing with indigenous Indian and colonial notions of criminality in order to advance ideologically complex arguments about the social conditions for women and their roles in colonial and postcolonial society. (Contains 72 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India