Early Women's Writings in Orissa, 1898-1950: A Lost Tradition

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Sachidanandan Mohanty
SAGE Publications India, Dec 7, 2004 - Social Science - 241 pages
Based on archival research, this fascinating book brings together many of the neglected writings of Oriya women of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sachidananda Mohanty focusses on a period when women’s writings dealt not only with questions of gender and identity but also with cultural, political and ideological issues of their times. Utilizing different forms—short stories, poems, essays, travel writings, novels and letters—these women writers responded honestly both to the world that was in turmoil around them and to the demands of their own inner selves. By articulating and advancing the personal in the public and by imbuing the personal with the social and the political, these ‘literary domestics’ transcended their limitations and became the precursors of a tradition that critically examined both traditional values and modern contingencies, yet sought to bring them together to fruition.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
13
Rebatis Sisters
15
Abanti Rao
39
Sailabala Das 18751968
45
Reba Ray 18761957
85
Kokila Devi 18961936
93
Narmada Kar 18931980
99
Pratibha Kar
105
Nirmala Devi 19061986
181
Haripriya Devi 19151996
185
Urmila Devi
191
Shakuntala Devi
199
Sushila Devi
205
Hemalata Mansingh 19192004
211
Basanta Kumari Pattanaik 1923
221
Bidyut Prabha Devi 19261977
227

Suprabha Kar
113
Rama Devi 18891985
121
Kuntala Kumari Sabat 19011938
131
Sarala Devi 19041986
151
Malati Choudhury 19041998
173
Nandini Panigrahi Satpathy 1931
233
Bibliography
239
About the Editor
242
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