Chapter

Ownership on Sexual Margins

Esha Niyogi De

in Empire, Media, and the Autonomous Woman

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780198072553
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072553.003.0001
Ownership on Sexual Margins

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Self-property and self-immunity are being claimed as the constituents of an individual. This can be seen in the life-writings of marginalized public women found in colonial Bengal. This chapter discusses the transcultural and margin-narratives that inform people about incorporating another constitutive element as an equally crucial property of the autonomous woman. The main aim of narrating a life is to present growth and development, as well as to discern the moral difference between past and present conditions in a systematic way. It shows the variations found in the communicative mode, such as the imagistic and prose genres. In addition, the chapter covers several concepts, which include national history, autobiography, subjective interventions, and indigenous grounds. Self-writing and community, the reflexive narrator, and subjective communication are also studied. A section on individuality in activist aesthetics is presented, which looks at self-writing during a period of literary humanism in Bengali culture.

Keywords: self-property; self-immunity; public women; life-writings; communicative mode; reflexive narrator; autobiography; indigenous grounds; subjective interventions; Bengali culture

Chapter.  15267 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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