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Introduction

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/9780198072553.003.0006
Introduction

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This introductory chapter examines the postcolonial and subaltern theoretical models of agency, which are founded on a position against Enlightenment individualism. The chapter studies a few Western intellectual premises of this position and attempts to pinpoint where the basic position can be considered inadequate for modern Bengali and Anglophone texts. Most of this chapter concentrates on a definition of a critical apparatus. Such apparatus is predominantly used for reading how the individual autonomy and transhistorical agency elaborate on material grounds simultaneously. Furthermore, the chapter brings to light sections on the feminist transcultural individuation, anti-enlightenment critique, postcolonial theories, gendered indigenous engagement, and responsible evaluation.

Keywords: postcolonial theoretical models of agency; subaltern theoretical models of agency; Enlightenment individualism; Western intellectual premises; modern Bengali and Anglophone texts; feminist transcultural individuation; postcolonial theories; responsible evaluation; anti-enlightenment critique; gendered indigenous engagement

Chapter.  12435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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