Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. Author(s): Lata Mani. Source: Cultural Critique, No. 7, The Nature and Context. Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. By LATA MANI. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, Pp. xiv + $ (paper ). Contentious Traditions: The Debate on Sati in Colonial India, by Lata Mani,. Berkeley, University of California Press, Pp. xiv + This important book – a.
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Not available in South Asia Pages: In lieu traditionz an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on satior widow burning, in colonial India. The Debate on Sati in Colonial India. While the chief players in the debate argued over the religious basis of sati and the fine points of scriptural interpretation, the testimonials of women at the funeral pyres consistently addressed the material hardships and societal expectations attached to widowhood.
Chapter 2 explores the discursive specificities–“competing versions of modernity”–that framed indigenous male discourse on sati. Publication date ISBN hbk. Book titles OR Journal titles. Browse coolonial items Start at call number: The EIC employed indigenous interpreters, at least until EIC officials learned Sanskrit and Persian, to locate and provide analysis of Hindu texts in the codification of colonial law.
This was also the period of the Bengal “Renaissance,” associated with Roy’s social reform movement, depicted in Indian nationalist historiography as a modern bhadralok social force that eventually influenced the composition of later anti-colonial nationalist discourse. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination ssti essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
Mani brilliantly illustrates how situated feminism and discourse analysis compel a rewriting of history, thus destabilizing the ways we are accustomed to look at women and men, at ‘tradition’, custom, and modernity. Bampton’s eyewitness account of sati performed by an “infatuated woman” recorded insome five years before the British colonial regime outlawed this “dreadful rite” inrepresents a common missionary discourse found in most accounts:.
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Bampton’s eyewitness account of sati performed by an “infatuated woman” recorded insome five years before the British colonial regime outlawed this “dreadful rite” inrepresents a common missionary discourse found in most accounts: A scene, the most perfectly hellish that we ever saw, was presented as way was made for the woman to the pit, and its margin was left clear; she advanced to the edge facing her husband, and two or three times waved her right hand; she then hastily walked round the pit, and in one place I thought the flames caught her legs; having completed the circle, she again waved her hand as before, and then jumped into the fire.
Publisher’s Summary “Contentious Traditions” analyzes the debate on sati, or widow burning, in colonial India.
About the Book Contentious Traditions analyzes the debate on ohor widow burning, in colonial India. This is the book that many have waited for. Here, Mani focuses on four “sites” of bhadralok discourse: Reviews “An important and disturbing book.
Her meticulous reading of contemporary texts. Lata Mani has reopened the archives on widow burning in colonial India. The most prominent of the four, the Circular ofdistinguished “legal” from “illegal” sati based on specific and contradictory interpretations of Hindu scripture. SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries.
Though the prohibition of widow burning in was heralded as a key step forward for women’s emancipation in modern India, Lata Mani argues that the women who were burned were marginal to the debate and that the controversy was over definitions of Hindu tradition, the place of ritual in religious worship, the civilizing missions of colonialism and evangelism, and the proper role of the colonial state.
Mani radically revises colonialist as well as nationalist historiography on the social reform of women’s status in the colonial period and clarifies the complex and contradictory character of missionary writings on India. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social cllonial resources through collaboration with libraries, coponial, and scholars worldwide.
Sati, or “suttee” as it was spelled by Westerners, refers most commonly to a widow who immolates aati on her husband’s funeral pyre, as well as to the practice itself. The history of widow burning is one of paradox.
Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. This exclusion of woman as subject framed the patriarchal discourse both of British colonial officials and indigenous interlocutors. Bibliography Includes bibliographical references p. Chapter 1 examines the production of colonial knowledge on the subject. University of California Press, c