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By Jean Strouse
Preface via Colm Tóibín.
The Jameses are maybe the main impressive and extraordinary relations in American highbrow lifestyles. Henry’s novels, celebrated as probably the greatest within the language, and William’s groundbreaking philosophical and mental works have gained those brothers an everlasting position on the heart of the nation’s cultural firmament. much less renowned is their enigmatic more youthful sister, Alice. yet as Jean Strouse’s beneficiant, probing, and deeply sympathetic biography exhibits, Alice James used to be a desirable and unparalleled determine in her personal correct. Tormented all through her brief existence by means of an array of worried problems, restricted through social conference and inner clash from attaining the worldly luck she wanted, Alice was once still a bright, witty author, an acute social observer, and as alert, inquiring, and fascinating anyone as her well-known brothers. “The ethical and philosophical questions that Henry wrote up as fiction and William as science,” writes Strouse, “Alice easily lived.”
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Parvati's group was more inclusive than Rajalakshmi's, and I contrast the two styles of resistance to state management of religious sites. 34 Tradition, Modernity, and Their Gendered Places In Chapter 8,1 look at the receptivity to Hindu nationalism that urban elites have shown—another area in which resistance to state intervention in religious practice has crystallized. I examine a short-lived social movement authored and led by a Smarta religious leader, Sri Jayendra Saraswati (the head of an important monastery in Kanchipuram just outside Chennai).
During that assault they destroyed the mosque and precipitated riots throughout the country. Despite public condemnation of these tactics, the political power of the nationalist Bharatiya Janata 30 Tradition, Modernity, and Their Gendered Places Party (BJP) has grown, and in the 1998 general elections the BJP gained the parliamentary majority that enabled them to form a national government. The sympathy that urban elites have for Hindu nationalism is evident in southern India (Hancock 1995b; Pandian 1990).
From a woman's perspective, however, these silences are more complicated, and it is with this complexity that I am concerned. Such silences, interpreted against that which is spoken and that which is performed, are traces of complex and shifting subjectivities located in the actions of real, historical women. For example, a woman's nonverbal actions could stem from desires for valued kinds of female personhood, though they may have subversive qualities as well. Her silence, which might appear deferential, could be experienced differently and more ambiguously—as a moment in which wifely identity is both asserted and re- Tradition, Modernity, and Their Gendered Places 25 linquished.
Alice James: A Biography by Jean Strouse