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Part for the Whole or Whole for the Parts: Body Parts in Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing

April 11, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Portrait image of Devaleena Das seated outside in front of a sandstone mosaic wearing a black and floral dress

Monday Seminar:

Devaleena Das

Honorary Fellow (2016-2017)

University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies


As Margaret Atwood writes, the female body has always seen as a “hot topic” in cultures across the globe. Thus regions throughout the world have employed standardized systems of mapping and dissecting the female body, and the Indian subcontinent in the twentieth century, with its diversity of religions and cultures, was no exception. Yet how did women writers themselves negotiate the tense relationship between their bodies, ascribed cultural values, and a sense of self? Devaleena Das will explore these issues by tracing the writings of 20th-century writers from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.


Devaleena Das was a former Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies at Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi. Currently, she is teaching in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.  She received her Ph.D. from Calcutta University in 2012. Her dissertation examines postcolonial and gendered space in Australia and she works in the field of intersectional feminism.


April 11, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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University Club, Room 212
432 East Campus Mall
Madison, Wisconsin 53703 United States