Kamran Asdar Ali, Director WCH 4.132, Mailcode G9300, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3550
Fri, November 9, 2007 • 3:00 PM • Meyerson conference room (WCH 4.118)
The talk will have two axes, one methodological and the other historiographical. The latter considers representations of women/gender in late-19th and early-20th century Punjabi qisse, principally Hir-Ranjha. I'm juxtaposing these representations with the dominant historiographical narrative of this period, that of modern reformist movements (Muslim, Hindu,and Sikh, though I'll focus on the Muslim ones for this talk) and their impact on the roles/lives of women. The methodological axis considers using fiction as historical source material and some of the issues it throws up, particularly in the context of representations of gender.