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Writing Caste/Writing Gender

Narrating Dalit Women’s Testimonios

A pathbreaking study of Dalit women’s writings and lives, Writing Caste/Writing Gender offers a powerful counternarrative to the mainstream assumptions about the development of feminism in India in the twentieth century. Featuring extensive extracts from eight Dalit women’s life-narratives—or testimonios—on issues such as food, hunger, community, caste, labor, education, violence, resistance, and collective struggle, the book brings to vivid life voices that unequivocally show that Dalit feminism, far from being silent as so often presumed, is rich, powerful, and layered—as well as highly articulate.

Writing Caste/Writing Gender contributes significantly to the field of biography and will be welcomed in this paperback format by scholars of caste, gender, and politics in India.

544 pages | 5 x 8 | © 1999

Asian Studies: South Asia

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

Women's Studies

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“The women tell it like it is… So riveting is the narration that it is difficult to put down the book until their stories are finished. For a non-fiction academic work this is no small feat.”

The Hindu

Table of Contents



Debating the Consumption of Dalit ‘Autobiographies’

The Significance of Dalit ‘Testimonios’

Shantabai Dhanaji Dani (1919-2001)

Ratrandin Amha…

Mukta Sarvagod (1922-2004)

Mitleli Kavaade

Shantabai Krishnaji Kamble (1923)

Majya Jalmachi Chitterkatha

Baby Kondiba Kamble (1929)

Jinne Amuche

Kumud Pawade (1938)


Urmila Pawar (1945)


Janabai Kachru Girhe (1958)


Vimal Dadasaheb More (1970)

Teen Dagdachi Chul


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