Gender, History & Culture
Inside the Haveli, the only novel by renowned sociologist Rama Mehta, is a blend of sociological constructs and individual aspirations and it is viewed as an interface between tradition and modernity. Gender, History & Culture contains 22 essays that cover various aspects of Mehta's novel Inside the Haveli. Each essay explores a new dimension - linguistic structures, historical background, Rajasthani traditions, feudalism, ethnography, lifestyles, purdah, categories of power, family, and gender relations. Placed within multiple frames, sociology, history, and aesthetics find their own balance. These essays have opened hitherto invisible aspects of the novel, subjecting it to critical scrutiny and, in the process, have also questioned traditional interpretations. The contributors to this volume include distinguished scholars like Uma Parameswaran, Ranbir Sinh, Jasbir Jain, Malashri Lal, Vrinda Nabar, Pratibha Jain, Sudha Rai, and others. The book will interest both lay readers and scholars of history, sociology, and literature.
Publication Date: 4/1/2009