Women's Periodicals

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:
Women's Periodicals

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In exploring the connections between the emergence of periodical literature for women, girls, and children and socio-political conjunctures, this chapter examines how the variety of literary genres bore upon women’s, girls’, and children’s periodicals. Moreover, it discusses how the women’s periodicals become important as a genre at a crucial historical conjuncture in the formation of a national Hindi language and literary canon. The discussion of Stri Darpan and Grihalakshmi, both first published in 1909, is far more elaborate than the discussion of Arya Mahila. Taken together, these works provide evidence of a confluence of ideologies that were at times complementary, sometimes opposed, and at all times intervening in, as well as shaping feminist, domestic, and religious ideologies for women.

Keywords: periodical literature; national Hindi language; Stri Darpan; Grihalakshmi; Arya Mahila

Chapter.  23430 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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