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140159 VO Women in Modern India (2017S)



Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 03.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 24.04. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 08.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 15.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 22.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 29.05. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25
Montag 12.06. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum 1 ISTB UniCampus Hof 2 2B-O1-25


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Short Description of the Course

This lecture course focuses on questions of women in modern India, with a particular emphasis on the colonial period and on the public sphere. While recognizing that every aspect of reality is gendered, this course adopts an interdisciplinary approach, challenging the ideological presuppositions of the so-called gender neutral methodologies, as well as the boundaries of disciplines imposed by such methodologies. The course is thematic in nature, and moves back and forth chronologically. It examines a wide range of questions and debates on social reforms, women’s education, their participation in national movements, their relationship to popular cultures, questions of sexualities and masculinities, and the problematic of dichotomies presupposed between the private and the public, specifically in terms of gender relations. It traces literary and social traditions, elite voices and popular culture, the rhetoric and the ground realities, which together, through complex historical processes, mark women both in the private and the public sphere. While reviewing the larger patriarchies prevalent in modern India, it also analyses the complex relationship of women, both as victims and agents, as objects and subjects, to issues like nationalism and fundamentalism.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Examination (written) will be held on 19 June 2017 (Monday) from 10.00 to 11.30 in Seminar Room 1.

2. It will be a subjective question paper based exam. Students will have to attempt two questions.

3. It is better and advisable that students appear for the exam on that day.

4. However, if due to some reasons, they are unable to give the exam that day, they can give it on 26 June 2017 (Monday) from 10.00 to 11.30.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab


The teaching will be supported through the University of Vienna’s Moodle
website for this course. The Moodle site will provide lecture outlines and some specific readings. Others must be taken from the library. The library has
a shelf of reference books for this course that are restricted for use in the library.


Required Readings:

Forbes, Geraldine, Women in Modern India, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Gupta, Charu, ed., Gendering Colonial India: Reforms, Print, Caste and Communalism, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2012.
Kumar, Radha, The History of Doing: An Illustrated Account of Movements for Women’s Rights and Feminism in India 1800-1990, London: Verso, 1993.

There will be some other additional readings for all topics, which will be specified.

Schedule of Topics, Lectures and Readings:

1. Gendering Reforms and Nationalism: A Broad Historiography
Read: Forbes (Introduction: 1-9); Gupta, ed. (‘Introduction’: 1-36); Kumar (Introduction: 1-6).

2. Women and Social Reform Movements in Colonial India: Sati Debates, Widow Remarriage, Age of Consent
Read: Forbes (Chapt. 1: 10-31); Gupta, ed. (Andrea Major, ‘Constested Sacrifice’: 57-81. Tanika Sarkar, ‘Wicked Widows’: 82-108); Kumar (Chapt. 2: 7-32).

3. Educating the Woman: Better Wives and Mothers?
Read: Forbes (Chapt. 2: 32-63); Gupta, ed. (Gail Minault, ‘Educated Muslim Women’: 109-35); Kumar (Chapt. 3: 95-134).

4. Women, Print and Popular Culture
Read: Forbes (Chapt. 6: 157-88); Gupta, ed. (Anshu Malhotra, ‘Print and Bazaari Literature’: 159-87. Lata Singh, ‘Theatre and Gender in Colonial India’: 188-214)

5. Gender and Caste
Read: Gupta, ed. (Prem Chowdhry, ‘Flucturating Fortunes of Wives’: 215-38 & Anupama Rao, ‘Caste, Colonialism and the Reform of Gender’: 239-64)

6. Women in the Nationalist Movement: Gandhi and the Women’s Question
Read: Forbes (Chapt. 5: 121-56); Kumar (Chapts 4-5: 53-95).

7. Gender, Religious Identities and Everyday Life
Read: Gupta, ed. (Pradip K. Datta, ‘Women, Abductions and Religious Identities’: 265-86); Kumar (Chapt. 10: 160-71)

8. Constructing Nations on Women’s Bodies: Partition
Read: Forbes (Chapt. 7” 189-222); Gupta, ed. (Nonica Datta, ‘Memory and History’: 287-316).

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

BA13, IMAK5A, MAK5, EC-1-1

Letzte Änderung: Do 05.09.2019 12:52