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MEMORY BECOMES HER

Antoinette Burton

in Dwelling in the Archive

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780195144253
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199871919 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144253.003.0001
MEMORY BECOMES HER

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This chapter explains how the memories of three 20th century Indian women made use of memories of home served as archival sources for the writing of histories that tried to capture the rifts and fissures of modernity in late colonial India. It highlights the importance of home as both a material archive for history and a very real political figure in an extended moment of historical crisis. It discusses that the centrality of domestic space to the rhetoric, ideologies, and practices of Indian feminism in all its diversity during this period is striking. It adds that 20th-century feminists reappropriated the discourses of house and home that had been seized by male Indian nationalists since the nineteenth century, linking domesticity expressly to their own reform agendas in ways that both consolidated that traditional idiom and refigured it as a new subject of public political discourse.

Keywords: twentieth century; India; women; feminism; history; archive; domesticity

Chapter.  11815 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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