Sultana's Dream and Padramarag : Two Feminist Utopias
"Sultana's Dream and Padmarag" are boldly provocative works, particularly in the context of the era that spawned them. Written in English in 1905, "Sultana's Dream" is a delightful satirical work set in Ladyland, where men are in purdah and women firmly in charge of home and government. Published in 1924 and translated here for the first time, Padmarag complements "Sultana's Dream" in its espousal of women's personal journeys towards emancipation. Resonant with autobiographical undertones, the novella is both a powerful indictment of male oppression and a celebration of Rokeya's faith in a universalist society where women, regardless of race, class, creed and religion, reject the diktat of a tyrannical patriarchal society in favour of a life devoted to improving their lot.
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- Paperback | 228 pages
- 128 x 194 x 18mm | 222.26g
- 28 Dec 2005
- Penguin Books Ltd
- PENGUIN CLASSICS
- London, United Kingdom
"'The spirit, conscience, and intelligence of Bengall Muslim society has expressed itself in a female icon' - Kazl Abdul Wadud"
About Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Widely regarded as Bengal's earliest and boldest feminist writer, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932) was a woman of many talents. She was a pioneering and creative educationist. The school she founded in Kolkata, the Sakhawat Memorial School for Girls, still thrives. She was also a social activist, who organized middle-class women in undertaking slum development and training poor women in income-generating activities. Her best-known publications are Sultana's Dream (1905), Padmarag (1924), and Abarodhbasini (1931). She is an iconic figure in South Asia, especially among Bengalis in Bangladesh and India.