The Best Article Award Committee for the Society for the History of Children and Youth for 2013 was composed of three members: Barbara Beatty (Wellesley College); Julia Grant (James Madison College at Michigan State University); and Marie Nelson Clark (Linkoping University).
The committee chose Ishita Pande’s “Coming of Age: Law, sex, and Childhood in Late Colonial India,” Gender & History vol. 24, no. 1 (April 2012) to receive the 2013 Best Article award.
Ruby Lal, Coming of Age in Nineteenth-Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013), xviii plus 229 pages. ISBN: 978-1-107-03024-4.
Publisher’s Description of Book:
In this engaging and eloquent history, Ruby Lal traces the becoming
of nineteenth-century Indian women through a critique of narratives
of linear transition from girlhood to womanhood. In the north
Indian patriarchal environment, women’s lives were dominated by
the expectations of the male universal, articulated most clearly in
household chores and domestic duties. The author argues that girls and
women in the early nineteenth century experienced freedom, eroticism,
adventurousness and playfulness, even within restrictive circumstances.