Author: Eunice De Souza
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195667859
This anthology brings together the writings of some Indian women who made pioneering social and literary contributions during the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Traversing a wide canvas, the excerpts taken from letters, tracts, diaries, magazines, articles, autobiographies, short stories, and even speeches discuss theatre, dance, travel, and personal experiences, while other dwell on social issues. Doctrinal problems, orthodox practices, and the position of women in society. The book will interest anyone interested in women’s literature of modern India.
Women’s Voices can be read for pleasure alone, or for considering the wide range of women’s writings (personal letters, letters to editors, letters to friends in jail, reminiscences, columns in newspapers, fiction, exhortations)..The lucid and informed Introduction, places the individual pieces as well as the collection in historical context.
-The Book Review
These writings, provide a window into how the women themselves were reacting to this so-called women’s question, It is a commendable effort in putting into one volume well-known personalities like Toru Dutt, Pandita Ramabai, Cornelia Sorabji and Sarojini Naidu, along with the lesser known Herabai Tata, Shovana Devi, and Iqbalunnisa Husain.
An interesting as the contest of their writing is the life of the writers themselves, compiled in brief biographical sketches by coeditor, Lindsay Pereira, The contributions are delightful, thought-provoking and varied.
Women’s Voices offers us a wide range of writing in English fiction, including stories for children, autobiographies, articles, letters-private and public, an informative Introduction to the period by Eunice de Souza adds to the usefulness of the volume.
-One India, One People
Dosebai Cowasjee Jessawalla
Shevantibai M Nikambe
Maharanee Sunity Devee CI of Cooch Behar
Mahabrani Chimnabai Gaekwad II of Baroda
F K Patuck
Lady Mehri Dorab Tata
Kitty Shiva Rao
Sakinatul Fatima Wazir Hasan
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Dr S Mutthulakshmi Reddy
Krishna Nehru Hutteesing
Aruna Asaf Ali
Venu Chitale (Leelabai Ganesh Khae)
Ramabai, C T (Ramabai Trikannad)
Noor-Un-Nisa Inayat Khan
Santha Rama Rau
Brinda Maharani of Kapurthala