As a scholar who has published widely on Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s feminist utopian fictions Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag, not just  through the Penguin Classics part-translation and edition of the two works I published, but also in articles in Paedagogica Historica, Women’s History Review, and Asiatic, I was delighted to find Nottingham University graduate student Ibtisam Ahmed writing on these fantastic speculative fictions at Project Myopia, which is devoted to diversifying university curricula through crowdsourcing material from students, revolutionising the way that curricula are designed.

References to some of those articles:

“Ladylands and Sacrificial Holes: Utopias and Dystopias in Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Writings.” The Politics of the (Im)possible: Utopia and Dystopia Reconsidered. Ed. Barnita Bagchi. New Delhi, London, Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2012. 166-178.

“Towards Ladyland: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and the Movement for Women’s Education in Colonial Bengal.” Special Issue of Paedagogica Historica. “Empire Overseas, Empire at Home” 45.3 (December 2009): 743-755.

“Two Lives: Voices, Resources, and Networks in the History of Women’s Education in South Asia.” “Collecting Women’s Lives.” Special Issue of Women’s History Review 19.1 (February 2010): 51-69.

“Fruits of Knowledge: Polemics, Humour and Moral Education in the Writings of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Lila Majumdar and Nabaneeta Dev Sen.” Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature. 7.2 (December 2013): 126-138. Web.

Ibtisam and I shared a great panel at the 2016 Lisbon conference of the Society for Utopian Studies. To more decolonization of utopian studies!

Barnita Bagchi

Sultana’s Dream and Padmarag (Essence of the Lotus)



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