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Refiguring Women, Colonialism, and Modernity in Burma
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Refiguring Women, Colonialism, and Modernity in Burma

Chie Ikeya

Abstract

This book presents the first study of one of the most prevalent and critical topics of public discourse in colonial Burma: the women of the khit kala—“the women of the times”—who burst onto the covers and pages of novels, newspapers, and advertisements in the 1920s. Educated and politicized, earner and consumer, “Burmese” and “Westernized,” the woman of the khit kala embodied the possibilities and challenges of the modern era, as well as the hopes and fears it evoked. This book interrogates what these shifting and competing images of the feminine reveal about the experience of modernity in col ... More

Keywords: colonialism, colonial Burma, modern woman, modernity, nationalism, feminism, social reform, khit kala, cosmopolitanism, consumerism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834616
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834616.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chie Ikeya, author
National University of Singapore