(Misri, Deepti - 2016) -- Kayden Book Award
Award or Honor Receipt
In Beyond Partition: Gender, Violence, and Representation in Postcolonial India (University of Illinois Press, 2014), Professor Misri shows how the 1947 partition—which resulted in the creation of Pakistan—started an era of politicized animosity associated with the differing ideas of “India” held, on one hand, by communities in particular regions, and, on the other hand, by the political-military Indian state. She goes on to examine myriad forms of gendered violence in the postcolonial life of India, including custodial rape, public stripping, deturbanning and enforced disappearances. Her investigation into gendered violence adds greatly to the postcolonial scholarship and provides readers with a nuanced understanding of postcolonial India. Misri is interested in transnational feminist studies, feminist theory and criticism, South Asian fiction and cinema and postcolonial studies. She has taught courses on feminist theory, women in Islam and gender and violence.