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- DescriptionAutomy is commonly linked to liberal individualism, the Enlightenment philosophy which gives primacy to personal existence and interests rather than to the person's place in society and in history. Many see the automous individual as harbouring the possessive mentalities of western empire. In this groundbreaking work, Esha Niyogi De radically questions this foundational anti-Enlightenment position on which influential models of Postcolonial critique are based. She argues that the 'individual' has been creatively indigenized in n-western modernities: indigeus activist individuals attentive to empire and gender refuse possessive individualism while they invest in certain ethical premises of Enlightenment thought. De weaves her radical argument through a rich tapestry of gender portrayals drawn from two transitional moments of Indian modernity: the rise of humanism under colony and the influx of neoliberal capitalism. This book emphasizes the feminist challenge to sexual and racial orthodoxies posed by critical imaginations of the 'automous woman' in postcolonial cultures by studying autobiographical texts by nineteenth-century Bengali prostituted women; point-of-view photography; woman-centred dance dramas and essays by Rabindranth Tagore; representations of Tagore's works on mainstream television, video, and stage in India and Indian American diasporas; and feminist cinema, choreography and performance respectively by Aparna Sen and Manjusri Chaki-Sircar.
- Author BiographyEsha Niyogi De, Visiting Professor, School of Theatre, Dance, Music, University of California, Riverside. She is a faculty member of Women's Studies at University of California, Los Angeles.
- Author(s)Esha Niyogi De
- PublisherOUP India
- Date of Publication30/11/2011
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew Delhi
- Country of PublicationIndia
- ImprintOUP India
- Content Note12 halftone illustrations
- Weight460 g
- Width147 mm
- Height224 mm
- Spine23 mm
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