ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Three Biographies of Anandibai Joshi

Through a Changing Feminist Lens

The problem for any biographer of Dr Anandibai Joshi, the first woman degree holder in western medicine, is, how to cast the relationship between mentor-husband Gopalrao Joshi and Anandibai, i e, how do we give Gopalrao due credit for whatever he did without reducing Anandi into entirely being his product. This article compares three biographies of Anandibai and argues that her persona, especially her relationship with Gopalrao, needs to be revisited by postcolonial feminist scholarship in order to unravel the tremendous intellectual and imaginative adventure that Anandibai's journey was and to explore the thoroughgoing radicalism that informed the shaping of Anandibai's life.

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