GENDER, VIOLENCE, AND REPRESENTATION IN POSTCOLONIAL INDIA
Rs 475 Hb 2015
Communal violence, ethnonationalist insurgencies, terrorism and
State violence have marred the Indian nation-state since
its inception. These phenomena frequently intersect
with prevailing forms of gendered violence complicated by caste,
religion, regional identity and class within communities
Deepti Misri shows how Partition began a history of politicised
animosity associated with the differing ideas of “India”
held by communities and in regions on the one hand, and by the
political-military Indian State on the other. She moves beyond
that formative national event, however, in order to examine other forms
of gendered violence in the postcolonial life of the nation, including
custodial rape, public stripping, de-turbanning and enforced disappearances.
Assembling literary, historiographic, performative and visual representations
of gendered violence against women and men, Misri establishes that cultural expressions
do not just follow violence but determine its very contours, and interrogates the
gendered scripts underwriting the violence originating in the contested visions of
what “India” means.
is Assistant Professor of
Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.