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The Periodical as a Genre <i>An Introduction</i>

Shobna Nijhawan

in Women and Girls in the Hindi Public Sphere

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780198074076
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080922 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074076.003.0001
The Periodical as a Genre An Introduction

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This chapter is divided into five sections. While the first section provides the participatory framework of Hindi women’s and girls’ periodicals, the second section discusses middle-class women in nationalist narratives. The third and fourth section examine gender, tradition, and the politics of nationalism and print capitalism and the participation of women in the Hindi public sphere respectively. The final section considers Gandhian politics and the nationalization of women’s and girls’ periodicals. Hindi women’s and girls’ periodicals emerged at the historical conjuncture marked by a shift in mainstream north Indian discourse from social reform to nationalism. During this period of social transition and political emancipation, Hindi women’s periodicals became a medium for elite and middle-class women to think in new idioms, communicate with strangers, and find a collective identity across local forms of connectedness.

Keywords: nationalism; Hindi women’s and girls’ periodicals; Gandhian politics; political emancipation; middle-class women

Chapter.  10081 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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