The demoness, the maid, the whore, and the good mother: Contesting the national language in India
This essay considers the gendering of the Tamil and Hindi languages in the course of the anti-Hindi movement in southern India during the middle decades of this century. The movement, which was principally sponsored by Dravidian and Tamil nationalists, presented the Hindi language to the Tamil public as a bloody demoness, a scheming maid, a tempting whore, and a false mother out to destroy the Tamil language. The paper argues for the significance of the gendering of languages in nationalist mobilizations and activities. © Walter de Gruyter.
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