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Women and Girls in the Hindi Public SpherePeriodical Literature in Colonial North India$
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Shobna Nijhawan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198074076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074076.001.0001

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Women's Periodicals

Women's Periodicals

(p.29) 2 Women's Periodicals
Women and Girls in the Hindi Public Sphere

Shobna Nijhawan

Oxford University Press

In exploring the connections between the emergence of periodical literature for women, girls, and children and socio-political conjunctures, this chapter examines how the variety of literary genres bore upon women’s, girls’, and children’s periodicals. Moreover, it discusses how the women’s periodicals become important as a genre at a crucial historical conjuncture in the formation of a national Hindi language and literary canon. The discussion of Stri Darpan and Grihalakshmi, both first published in 1909, is far more elaborate than the discussion of Arya Mahila. Taken together, these works provide evidence of a confluence of ideologies that were at times complementary, sometimes opposed, and at all times intervening in, as well as shaping feminist, domestic, and religious ideologies for women.

Keywords:   periodical literature, national Hindi language, Stri Darpan, Grihalakshmi, Arya Mahila

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