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Remembering RevolutionGender, Violence, and Subjectivity in India's Naxalbari Movement$
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Srila Roy

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198081722

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198081722.001.0001

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Gendering the Revolution

Gendering the Revolution

Official and Popular Imaginary

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Remembering Revolution

Srila Roy

Oxford University Press

The chapter considers the representation of ‘woman’ in a variety of texts such as Party literature, literary, autobiographical, and media sources besides considering ‘official’ constructions of revolutionary masculinity. The primary objective of this chapter is to examine the centrality of femininity, masculinity, and class to the cultural imaginary of Naxalbari, especially to the constitution of an idealized male revolutionary subject. It examines, in turn, the representation of the ‘new man’ in Party literature, the dishonoured female subaltern and the (nurturing and militant) ‘mother’ in male memoir and Party texts, the heroic-albeit domesticated femininity in mainstream media besides considering the gendering of the public and private in popular fiction and film. The implications of these representational economies become evident in women’s discussions in subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Revolutionary/communist masculinity, Motherhood, Violence, Martyrdom, Class, Public/private, Media, Fiction, Film, Indian Nationalism

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