Women’s Writings from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh


Authors: Various
Edited by Rakhshanda Jalil, Debjani Sengupta

9789388271523 | HB | pp. 180 | 2019 | Bloomsbury Publishing

Women’s Writings from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is an anthology which raise issues of language, identity, nationhood and varied aspects of feminism.

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In this volume of writings from Bangla and Urdu literature, editors Rakhshanda Jalil and Debjani Sengupta raise issues of language, identity, nationhood and varied aspects of feminism and women’s writings in the Indian subcontinent. Both the languages have lived a life across political borders and are spoken, read and loved by people across diverse geographical sites, including a large diaspora. They have had an afterlife after 1947 that helped them to refashion their cultural spheres in a divided land.

Women’s Writings from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh brings these languages together, to speak to each other and to showcase their strengths. By creating a platform for contemporary literary works, especially by women, it provides a new, radical view of the ways in which these languages have shaped women’s creative universes.


Editors: Rakhshanda Jalil, Debjani Sengupta







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About the Editors

Rakhshanda Jalil is a writer, critic and literary historian. She has published over fi­fteen books and written ­fifty and more academic papers and essays. Her book on the lesser-known monuments of Delhi, Invisible City, continues to be a bestseller. Her recent works include: Liking Progress, Loving Change: A Literary History of the Progressive Writers’ Movement in Urdu (2014); a biography of Urdu feminist writer Dr Rashid Jahan, A Rebel and Her Cause (2014); a translation of ­The Sea Lies Ahead, Intizar Husain’s seminal novel on Karachi (2015); a translation of Krishan Chander’s partition novel Ghaddar (2017); an edited volume of critical writings on Ismat Chughtai titled An Uncivil Woman (2017); and most recently, a literary biography of the Urdu poet Shahryar. Dr Jalil runs the organisation Hindustani Awaaz, devoted to the popularisation of Hindi-Urdu literature and culture. Her debut collection of fi­ction, Release and Other Stories, published in 2011, had received critical acclaim. She was awarded the Kaifi­ Azmi Award for her contribution to Urdu.

Debjani Sengupta is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Indraprastha College of Women, Delhi.


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