Dalit women as victims: iconographies of suffering, sympathy and subservience

@article{Gupta2016DalitWA,
  title={Dalit women as victims: iconographies of suffering, sympathy and subservience},
  author={C. Gupta},
  journal={South Asian History and Culture},
  year={2016},
  volume={7},
  pages={55 - 72}
}
  • C. Gupta
  • Published 2016
  • Sociology
  • South Asian History and Culture
  • ABSTRACT This article explores how, in a section of upper-caste reformist writings in Hindi, in colonial north India, Dalit women came to be dominantly represented as victims. Images of the permanently polluted, evil and grotesque Dalit woman’s body gave way to images of her suffering body, which came together in iconographies of sentimentality, sympathy and subservience. This shift in representation of Dalit women – from polluting to victimised, and lascivious to vulnerable – was symbolised by… CONTINUE READING
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