Feminismo/s

Un ama de casa bengalí del siglo diecinueve y sus días como Robinson Crusoe: viajes e intimidad en The diary of a certain housewife de Kailashbashini Debi

Swati Moitra

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14198/fem.2020.36.03

Resumen

La obra Janaika Grihabadhu’r Diary de Kailashbashini Debi (The Diary of a Certain Housewife, escrito entre 1847 y 1873, y publicado por entregas después de casi un siglo en la revista mensual Basumati en 1952) narra sus viajes por los canales de Bengala del este. Sus viajes se centran firmemente en el trabajo de su marido, en su ausencia, ella es un Robinson Crusoe, abandonada sola con su hija en la zona rural del país. Teniendo en cuenta las limitaciones de género que regían la actividad de viajar para las mujeres de las castas altas de Bengala en el siglo diecinueve, el presente ensayo investiga la narración de Kailashbashini Debi de sus viajes y la visión utópica de ama de casa moderna que se construyó para sí misma. Este ensayo investiga la audacia de su esfuerzo: reclamar un espacio en la memoria pública al lado de su marido. En el proceso, este ensayo busca abordar la reestructuración de la vida doméstica hecha posible por la experiencia del viaje, y además explora los contornos de la escritura de viajes por mujeres en el siglo diecinueve en la India.

Palabras clave

Siglo XIX; Escritura de mujeres; (Auto)biografía; Narrativa de viajes; Bengala colonial

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