Her-Self: Gender and Early Writings of Malayalee Women

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J. Devika
Popular Prakashan, 2005 - Gender identity in literature - 181 pages
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This collection reveals the vigorous debate over modern gender relations that was taking place in this period. The authors hailed mostly from those groups which had obtained access to modern education and ways of life like the Nairs, Syrian Christians and Ezhavas. There are other voices too, a few women from the Nambutiri Brahmin caste and two Muslim women. Women reflected on what was Womanly' on education, duties, vocation and civil roles, first influenced by reformism and later by nationalist and communist ideas. The Editor also points to the need to define what is non-Womanly.
 

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Contents

A A Amma
1
Manntaraveetil Lakshmy Amma
16
K P M
22
K Chinnamma
29
The Craze for Imitation
37
Mrs K Kannan Menon
43
Sarojini
52
The Place of Women in Society
75
Womens Independence
106
Anna Chandy
113
Elamkuttil Narayanikutty Amma
130
Parvati Nenminimangalam
148
Pennammabhayi Chambakkulam
154
Matters
161
Welcome Speech
168
Kochattil Kalyanikutty Amma
174

An Appeal to the Hindu Women of Kerala
83
A Reply
93

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J Devika is research associate, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram.

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