Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India (Paperback)
  • Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India (Paperback)
zoom

Eugenic Feminism: Reproductive Nationalism in the United States and India (Paperback)

(author)
£18.99
Paperback 280 Pages / Published: 14/04/2014
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
Asha Nadkarni contends that whenever feminists lay claim to citizenship based on women\u2019s biological ability to \u201creproduce the nation\u201d they are participating in a eugenic project-sanctioning reproduction by some and prohibiting it by others. Employing a wide range of sources from the United States and India, Nadkarni shows how the exclusionary impulse of eugenics is embedded within the terms of nationalist feminism.Nadkarni reveals connections between U.S. and Indian nationalist feminisms from the late nineteenth century through the 1970s, demonstrating that both call for feminist citizenship centered on the reproductive body as the origin of the nation. She juxtaposes U.S. and Indian feminists (and antifeminists) in provocative and productive ways: Charlotte Perkins Gilman\u2019s utopian novels regard eugenic reproduction as a vital form of national production; Sarojini Naidu\u2019s political speeches and poetry posit liberated Indian women as active agents of a nationalist and feminist modernity predating that of the West; and Katherine Mayo\u2019s 1927 Mother India warns white U.S. women that Indian reproduction is a \u201cworld menace.\u201d In addition, Nadkarni traces the refashioning of the icon Mother India, first in Mehboob Khan\u2019s 1957 film Mother India and Kamala Markandaya\u2019s 1954 novel Nectar in a Sieve, and later in Indira Gandhi\u2019s self-fashioning as Mother India during the Emergency from 1975 to 1977.By uncovering an understudied history of feminist interactivity between the United States and India, Eugenic Feminism brings new depth both to our understanding of the complicated relationship between the two nations and to contemporary feminism.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816689934
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 381 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm

You may also be interested in...

The Histories
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)
Added to basket
Ted Hughes
Added to basket
£6.99
Paperback
The Odyssey
Added to basket
£14.99
Hardback
Selected Poems of Sylvia Plath
Added to basket
"A Doll's House"
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
On Writing
Added to basket
£10.99   £8.99
Paperback
Shakespeare
Added to basket
£8.99   £6.99
Paperback
Jane Austen
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Duchess of Malfi
Added to basket
A "Streetcar Named Desire"
Added to basket
The Glass Menagerie
Added to basket
Macbeth
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Essays
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
Othello: The Oxford Shakespeare
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.