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Dwelling in the Archive: Women Writing House, Home, and History in Late Colonial India

Antoinette Burton


This book uses the writing of three 20th century Indian women to interrogate the status of the traditional archive, reading their memoirs, fictions, and histories as counter-narratives of colonial modernity. Janaki Majumdar was the daughter of the first president of the Indian National Congress. Her unpublished “Family History” (1935) stages the story of her parents' transnational marriage as a series of homes the family inhabited in Britain and India — thereby providing a heretofore unavailable narrative of the domestic face of 19th century Indian nationalism. Cornelia Sorabji was one of the ... More

Keywords: late colonial India, counter-narratives, colonial modernity, Janaki Majumdar, Indian National Congress, transnational marriage, Cornelia Sorabji, zenana, purdahnashin, Attia Hosain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195144253
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144253.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Antoinette Burton, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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