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FRENCH FEMINISM: AN INDIAN ANTHOLOGY (2003)

Edited by Danielle Haase-Dubosc, Mary E. John, Marcelle Marini, Rama Melkote and Susie Tharu, this book is an anthology of thirty-six texts, mapping the terrain of French feminism from 1970s onwards. All texts were freshly translated for this volume, under the direction of Nirupama Rastogi. The book is published by Sage Publications, New Delhi.

STHREELU-PRATINIDHYAM, QUOTAPAI CHARCHA. REPRESENTATION FOR WOMEN: A DISCUSSION ON QUOTAS (2003)

This is a collection of translated articles on the question of political reservations for women in parliament that were previously published in the Economic and Political Weekly. The book is edited by Rama Melkote and S. Jaya and and published by Anveshi.

MANAKU TELIYANI MANA CHARITRA (REVISED EDITION, 2003)

This book documents the oral history of women who participated in the Telangana People’s Struggle. First published  in 1986, this was one of the earliest works, worldwide, to use oral sources for history writing. The introduction to the book raised questions about politics, historiography and language that went on to be hotly debated in Andhra Pradesh. The book was published by Stree Shakti Sanghatana, Hyderabad.

DESAMANTE MARKET KAADOI. THE NATION IS NOT A MARKET (2002)

This book written by S. Jaya discusses the origins and trajectories of the World Trade Organisation and the impact of its policies on countries like India. It is published by Hyderabad Book Trust, Hyderabad.

PASUPPACHCHA WALLPAPER (2001)

This is a Telugu translation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, an early American feminist classic that raises radical questions about women’s mental distress. The book is written by D. S. Lakshmi and D. Vasanta, and published by Vishalandhra, Hyderabad.

CONDITIONS OF VISIBILITY: WRITINGS ON PHOTOGRAPHY IN CONTEMPORARY INDIA (2000)

This book, written by R. Srivatsan, is a series of essays using gender, class and caste as frames of reference to understand the visual image. It elaborates new theoretical perspectives on visual hegemony, addressing the political processes of the photographic image. The book is published by Stree, Calcutta.

TELUGU CINEMA: HISTORY, CULTURE AND THEORY 1931-1998 (1999)

A dossier of documents in Telugu and English on Telugu cinema put together on the occasion of the workshop on Telugu Cinema, which Anveshi organised in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore.

GRAMSCI, JEEVITHAM, KRUSHI. GRAMSCI, LIFE AND WORK (1996)

Written by Susie Tharu and translated by HRK, this book introduces Gramsci’s life and work to Telugu readers. It is published by Sameeksha Publications, Vijayawada.

WOMEN WRITING IN INDIA: 600 BC TO THE PRESENT VOL. I & II

Edited by Susie Tharu and K. Lalita, this anthology of women’s writings, compiled from eleven Indian languages, is a feminist intervention in the fields of literature and political theory. Its impact on literature and literary criticism is evident from the many laudatory reviews that it received worldwide in the popular as well as scholarly media. The volumes, which have been described as classics, have been prescribed in university and college syllabi in India and abroad. These books have inspired a collection of Dalit women’s writings titled Nallapoddu (Black Dawn) and four volumes of Women Writing Africa.

The two volumes of Women Writing in India has been published by the Feminist Press USA, OUP India and Pandora Press UK and are currently in their sixth impression.

“WE WERE MAKING HISTORY…”: LIFE STORIES OF WOMEN IN THE TELANGANA PEOPLE’S STRUGGLE (1991)

This is a translation of the Telugu book, Manaku Teliyani Mana Charitra, published by Kali for Women, New Delhi. It is referred to and prescribed in curricula all over the English-speaking world. Sections have been translated into other Indian languages and two European languages. A second revised edition is under preparation.

Reports

TOWARDS AN ARCHIVE FOR CONTEMPORARY FEMINISM, 1830-1950 (1998)

This collection of texts from four Indian languages looks at how the women’s question has been articulated and institutionalised in India over the last 150 years. This compilation is prepared by Susie Tharu, with Vidyut Bhagwat (Marathi), Jharna Dhar (Bengali), Vasant Kannabiran (Tamil) and K. Lalita (Telugu) as research associates.

CONSTRUCTION OF FEMALE SUBJECTIVITY (1994)

This report is based on a short term research project undertaken by K. Srilata. It reviews popular Tamil weeklies, Ananda Vikatan, Kumudan, Kalki and Kumkumam, which target an exclusively female audience to understand the formation of a middle class urban female subjectivity.

READER VS CRITIC: SOMERSET MAUGHAM AS A CASE STUDY (1990)

Vimal Balasubrahmanyan authored this report which analyses Maugham’s work from a feminist perspective, with special reference to ideology, marriage and morals.