A Room of One’s Own? Creating and Crafting Muslim Women’s Autobiographical Writing in South Asia

Starts:
4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Ends:
5:30 pm on Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Location:
School of Theology Room 636, 745 Commonwealth Avenue
Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Loughborough University, UK and University of British Columbia Visiting Professor || This talk seeks to explore where Muslim women produced autobiographical writings in South Asia from the sixteenth century to the near present. How did geographical, literary and linguistic contexts shape the stories that South Asian Muslim women wrote about their lives? The autobiographical map confounds South Asia’s religious and linguistic geography to suggest regional, local or even familial motivations, and a complex reception history by gendered audiences. By stepping outside the text to explore the social and linguistic context of autobiographies, this presentation shows how Muslim women’s autobiographical writing in South Asia was constructed less as an individual act – in a ‘room of one’s own’ – than in dialogue with others. || Co-sponsored by BUCSA - Institute for Muslim Societies and Civilizations – MLCL Dept. - Women and Gender Program