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Ashapurna Devi and Feminist Consciousness in BengalA Bio-critical Reading$
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Dipannita Datta

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198099994

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198099994.001.0001

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The Voices of Invisibility

The Voices of Invisibility

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Ashapurna Devi and Feminist Consciousness in Bengal

Dipannita Datta

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses Ashapurna’s practical considerations to reorganize the socio-cultural claims on a woman. Focusing on the intricacies of gender and power as exemplified in her non-fiction writings, it investigates Ashapurna’s observations on the conflicts of the strict divisions of the public and the private, and the discursive space she offers in her wide-ranging understanding of the contesting daily experience of women’s life. Therefore, her repeated attempts to negotiate with the oppositional constructions of femininity and the independent selfhood to attend to the needs of the post postcolonial times in terms of freedom of thought and practice of equal justice which are fundamental to all members of the society are examined from point of view of the twenty-first century reader. Simultaneously, her assessments of the binaries that interestingly dissolve into more fluid web of relations between the components like family, religion, and workplace are analysed.

Keywords:   culture, family, home, practical feminism, gender asymmetry, history, justice, rights, self-sufficiency and social equilibrium

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