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Of Captivity and Resistance: Women Political Prisoners in Postcolonial India

Sharmila Purkayastha

Of Captivity and Resistance offers a historical and political study of women's experiences of dissent and detention in postcolonial India. Primarily focusing on the Naxalite movement (1967-75) and on the pan-Indian period of Emergency (1975-77), the study traces women's political participation in revolutionary movements and in dissident politics, and attends to their experiences of torture and incarceration. Simultaneously, by drawing on the varied histories of women's incarceration before and after the 'long seventies', the book provides an expanded terrain for evaluating the gendered dimensions of radical politics and of testimonial literature on carcerality, state violence and impunity. The analysis focuses on women's transformation from marginal political participants to resistant detainees. By studying the linkages between radical politics, captivity and resistance, the book offers a widened account of women's political participation, contributes to contemporary debates on political incarceration and strengthens the resistant history of rights and of dissenting literature in India and in the Global South.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: Nov 16th, 2023
  • Pages: 220
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.29in - 6.30in - 1.02in - 1.25lb
  • EAN: 9781009273176
  • Categories: World - GeneralPenology

About the Author

Purkayastha, Sharmila: - Sharmila Purkayastha is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Miranda House, Delhi University. Her primary research interests are examining the relation between literature and social movements and translation of women's prison testimonies of the 1970s from Bengali into English.
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