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Revolutionary Desires : Women, Communism, and Feminism in India - by Ania Loomba (Paperback)

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Revolutionary Desires examines the lives and subjectivities of militant-nationalist and communist women in India from the late 1920s, shortly after the communist movement took root, to the 1960s, when it fractured. This close study demonstrates how India's revolutionary women shaped a new female – and in some cases feminist – political subject in the twentieth century, in collaboration and contestation with Indian nationalist, liberal-feminist, and European left-wing models of womenhood.

Through a wide range of writings by, and about, revolutionary and communist women, including memoirs, autobiographies, novels, party documents, and interviews, Ania Loomba traces the experiences of these women, showing how they were constrained by, but also how they questioned, the gendered norms of Indian political culture. A collection of carefully restored photographs is dispersed throughout the book, helping to evoke the texture of these women’s political experiences, both public and private.

Revolutionary Desires is an original and important intervention into a neglected area of leftist and feminist politics in India by a major voice in feminist studies.

Number of Pages: 376
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Ania Loomba
Language: English
Street Date: July 21, 2018
TCIN: 53900502
UPC: 9780815381747
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-5729
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