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Gendered embodiments : mapping the body-politic of the raped woman and the nation in Bangladesh.

Mookherjee, Nayanika (2008) Gendered embodiments : mapping the body-politic of the raped woman and the nation in Bangladesh. Feminist Review, 88 (1). pp. 36-53.

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Abstract

There has been much academic work outlining the complex links between women and the nation. Women provide legitimacy to the political projects of the nation in particular social and historical contexts. This article focuses on the gendered symbolization of the nation through the rhetoric of the 'motherland' and the manipulation of this rhetoric in the context of national struggle in Bangladesh. I show the ways in which the visual representation of this 'motherland' as fertile countryside, and its idealization primarily through rural landscapes has enabled a crystallization of essentialist gender roles for women. This article is particularly interested in how these images had to be reconciled with the subjectivities of women raped during the Bangladesh Liberation War (Muktijuddho) and the role of the aestheticizing sensibilities of Bangladesh's middle class in that process.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Feminist Review
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexual violence ; Bangladesh war ; aesthetics ; motherhood ; landscape
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Sociology
ID Code: 28434
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 27 Nov 2009 14:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:47
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/28434

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