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Feminine Fables
Imaging the Indian Woman in Painting, Photography and Cinema

by Geeti Sen


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Category: Contemporary Art
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241 x 279 mm | 9.5 x 11 in
Hardcover | 208 pages
117 colour illustrations
ISBN:
978-81-85822-88-4 (Mapin)
978-1-890206-31-4 (Grantha)?
 
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Feminine Fables: Introduction
 
Bharat Mata: Woman or Goddess?
 
Woman Resting on a Charpoy: The Semiotics of Desire
 
The Home and the World: Inner and Outer Spaces
 
The Ceremony of Unmasking: The Ambivalence of Roles
 
Hatyogini Shakti: The Goddess Within

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Description

A new iconography of the Indian woman seems to be emerging which challenges the traditional “images” and roles of women. Dramatic changes in projecting the woman reflect changes in societal norms and taboos. These roles for the modern woman are subversive, mapping out bold new frontiers for her to explore. The effects are persuasive in being projected through the media, the fourth estate in society, and through the popular genre of Hindi cinema.

Set against the feminist discourse, these images raise different questions about “seeing” the Indian woman. Traced over the century, they suggest an extraordinary transformation in imaging the Indian woman, as manifested in painting, photography, popular posters and classical cinema. In five seminal essays, this book examines central issues regarding the woman: whether she is regarded as a woman or a goddess; whether her body is treated as an object or subject of pleasure; if she has the freedom to move from home to the world outside; if she is expected to play multiple roles or is perceived in her integral self; and if she has learnt now to re-assert her own power.

About the Author
Geeti Sen is an art historian and critic. She has written books on contemporary artists and has edited magazines and journals on art and culture.

 
 

Praise

“Feminine Fables is a welcome addition to the amazingly small corpus of written work that privileges the visual in an understanding of Indian society.”

 —Biblio

 

 

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