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:

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This chapter suggests that Hindi women’s periodicals are an example of how questions of representation and transformation were generated through a collective effort of publishing in the Hindi literary world of the early twentieth century. This book has demonstrated that literary tastes, styles, and the creative exploration of different literary genres were constitutive of the periodicals, notwithstanding limitations in literary scope, if compared with mainstream Hindi literary publications. The editors, readers, and writers of periodicals actively engaged with an expanding body of fictional writing by experimenting with what the women’s periodical as a genre had to offer. Moreover, they played an important role in community formation. With the advent of representations of women’s activism on the World Wide Web, new forms of dissemination into a virtual world have emerged. Of course such interaction poses a whole new set of questions concerning women’s social and political mobilization.

Keywords: Hindi women’s periodicals; World Wide Web; political mobilization; Hindi literary publications; community formation

Chapter.  1709 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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