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Gendering the Revolution

Srila Roy

in Remembering Revolution

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780198081722
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199082223 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081722.003.0003
Gendering the Revolution

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The chapter considers the representation of ‘woman’ in a variety of texts such as Party literature, literary, autobiographical, and media sources besides considering ‘official’ constructions of revolutionary masculinity. The primary objective of this chapter is to examine the centrality of femininity, masculinity, and class to the cultural imaginary of Naxalbari, especially to the constitution of an idealized male revolutionary subject. It examines, in turn, the representation of the ‘new man’ in Party literature, the dishonoured female subaltern and the (nurturing and militant) ‘mother’ in male memoir and Party texts, the heroic-albeit domesticated femininity in mainstream media besides considering the gendering of the public and private in popular fiction and film. The implications of these representational economies become evident in women’s discussions in subsequent chapters.

Keywords: Revolutionary/communist masculinity; Motherhood; Violence; Martyrdom; Class; Public/private; Media; Fiction; Film; Indian Nationalism

Chapter.  10887 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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