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Empire, Media, and the Autonomous Woman
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Empire, Media, and the Autonomous Woman: A Feminist Critique of Postcolonial Thought

Esha Niyogi De

Abstract

Drawing lessons from the intersection of literature, photography, cinema, television, dance-drama, and ethnography, this book presents a unique analysis of Indian activist thought spread over two centuries. It discusses two presuppositions of liberal individualism: personal autonomy and ethical autonomy. Besides, it argues that the ‘individual’ has been creatively indigenized in modern non-Western cultures: thinkers attentive to gender in postcolonial cultures embrace selected ethical premises of the Enlightenment and its human rights discourse while they refuse possessive individualism. Debat ... More

Keywords: liberal individualism, personal autonomy, ethical autonomy, non-Western cultures, postcolonial cultures, Enlightenment, new Individualism, Rabindranath Tagore, Aparna Sen, Manjusri Chaki-Sircar

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198072553
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072553.001.0001

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Esha Niyogi De, author

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