En-Gendering India: Woman and Nation in Colonial and Postcolonial Narratives

Duke University Press, 1999

En-Gendering India offers an innovative interpretation of the role that gender played in defining the Indian state during both the colonial and postcolonial eras. Focusing on both British and Indian literary texts -- primarily novels -- produced between 1857 and 1947, Sangeeta Ray examines representations of 'native' Indian women and shows how these representations were deployed to advance notions of Indian self-rule as well as to defend British imperialism.