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Author Jayawardena, Kumari.

Title The white woman's other burden : Western women and South Asia during British colonial rule / Kumari Jayawardena
Published New York : Routledge, 1995


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Description x, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: The Noble and the Ignoble: White Women as Goddesses and Devils -- Pt. I. Saving the Sisters from the Sacred Cows: Christianity and "Civilization" 1. The Imagined Sisterhood of Women. 2. Christianity and the "Westernized Oriental Gentlewoman" 3. Going for the Jugular of Hindu Patriarchy: American Women Fund-Raisers for Ramabai -- Pt. II. Mothering India: Women Social Reformers from the West. 4. Radical and Secular Reformers. 5. The Medicine Women: The Struggles of Western and South Asian Women Doctors. 6. "Children of Children": The Child Marriage Controversies and India -- Pt. III. "Consolation in an Alien Society": Women Theosophists and Orientalists. 7. "The Light of Asia" or "Hooey from the Orient"? 8. "Sandals in India and Shoes in the West": Annie Besant's "Passage to India" 9. From London's West End to Jaffna: Florence Farr as George Bernard Shaw's "New Woman" 10. "Blazing the Trail for Indian Women's Freedom": Margaret Cousins in India
11. "O Free Indeed! O Gloriously Free": Women Orientalists, Writers and Funders -- Pt. IV. White Women in Search of Black Gods. 12. Western Holy Mothers as Soul Mates of Indian Gurus. 13. Irish Rebellion and "Muscular Hinduism": Margaret Noble as Vivekananda's "Lioness" 14. From Admiral's House to Gandhi's Ashram: Madeleine Slade in India. 15. The "Jewish Mother" of Pondicherry: Mirra Alfassa Joins Aurobindo -- Pt. V. Comrades In Arms: Western Socialist Women Fight Imperialism. 16. Women and Revolution. 17. Comrade or Evil Temptress?: American Socialist Women and Indian Left Leaders. 18. Red Flags in the Emerald Isle: European Socialist Women Intervene in Sri Lanka -- Conclusion: An Asian Feminist Gaze
Summary "In The White Woman's Other Burden, Kumari Jayawardena re-evaluates the Western women who lived and worked in South Asia during the period of British rule. She tells the stories of many well-known women, including Katherine Mayo, Helena Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Madeleine Slade, and Mirra Richard and highlights the stories of dozens of women whose names have been forgotten today. In the course of this telling, Jayawardena raises the issues of race, class, and gender which are part of current debates among feminists throughout the world."--Pub. desc
Analysis India
Social reform Role of Women
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [293]-302) and index
Subject Women, White -- Great Britain -- Colonies -- History.
Women social reformers -- Great Britain -- Colonies -- History.
Women -- South Asia -- Social conditions.
United Kingdom -- Colonies -- Asia -- History.
LC no. 94028881
ISBN 0415911044 (cloth)
0415911052 (paperback)