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Research interests

My research is located in the complex context of mid to late nineteenth century British India – a period wrought by the antagonistic societal clash in a hierarchical colonial power structure, between retaining tradition and pursuing modernity. I focus on British and Indian women’s writings – travelogues, magazines, albums, guidebooks, autobiographies – to explore how gendered transactions operated in the colony. Women's socio-political lives, bodily agency, and their textual representations form a significant part of this era’s history. Emulating the imperial aspect, my research investigates Victorian print culture and late nineteenth century Indian women's writing in an analysis of the subject-object relations between British women and Indian women in the Victorian era, through a heretofore unstudied gaze.

I am also interested in Victorian women's fashions, women's clothing histories and cultures in Victorian India, and the Aesthetic Dress Movement.

 

Education/Academic qualification

University of Warwick

Award Date: 30 Sep 2019

University of Mumbai

Award Date: 1 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Victorian Britain and India
  • Women's writing
  • Print culture
  • Imperialism
  • Colonial literature
  • Archival research
  • Fashion

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