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Women and Girls in the Hindi Public Sphere: Periodical Literature in Colonial North India

Shobna Nijhawan

Abstract

The emergence of periodicals in Hindi for women and girls in early twentieth-century India helped shape the nationalist-feminist thought in the country. Analysing the format and structure of periodical literature, Shobna Nijhawan shows how it became a medium for elite and middle-class women to think in new idioms and express themselves collectively at a time of social transition and political emancipation. With case studies of women’s periodicals including Stri Darpan, Grihalakshmi, and Arya Mahila, and explorations of girls’ periodicals like Kumari Darpan and Kanya Manoranjan, the study bring ... More

Keywords: periodical literature, women’s and girls’ periodicals in Hindi, Stri Darpan, Grihalakshmi, Arya Mahila, Kumari Darpan, Kanya Manoranjan, domesticity, language politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780198074076
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074076.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shobna Nijhawan, author