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Muslim Bengal writes back: a study of Rokeya’s encounter with and representation of Europe

Hasan, Md. Mahmudul (2016) Muslim Bengal writes back: a study of Rokeya’s encounter with and representation of Europe. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 52 (6). pp. 739-751. ISSN 1744-9855

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Abstract

Despite its exploitative nature, colonialism facilitated continuous cultural exchanges between Muslim Bengal, home of the writer Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, and the European metropolis. Although Rokeya never visited Europe, she was exposed to European literature, overcame sociocultural constraints, and thus became engaged in a complex critique and assessment of European culture in relation to her own environment. This article explores the ways in which, as a writer, educationalist, activist and wife of a civil servant, Rokeya had opportunities to interact directly with European women and indirectly with European men. Importantly, she made available to her readers an interpretative summary of Marie Corelli’s novel The Murder of Delicia (1896), informed them about the Victorian “woman question” and identified comparable gender norms in Europe and India. This article discusses how Rokeya broke through the iron gate of purdah practices prevalent at the time, availed herself of opportunities to explore European culture, and commented on the condition of women.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6409/54418
Uncontrolled Keywords: Marie Corelli; Muslim Bengal; purdah; representation of Europe; Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain; The Murder of Delicia
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0080 Criticism
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Dr. Md. Mahmudul Hasan
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2017 16:42
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2017 16:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/54418

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