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Daughters of Parvati CONTEMPORARY ETHNOGRAPHY Kirin Narayan and Alma Gottlieb, Series Editors A complete list of books in the series is available from the publisher. UNIVER SIT Y OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS PHIL ADELPHIA Daughters of Parvati Women and Madness in Contemporary India Sarah Pinto Copyright 䉷 2014 University of Pennsylvania Press All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations used for purposes of review or scholarly citation, none of this book may be reproduced in any form by any means without written permission from the publisher. Published by University of Pennsylvania Press Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104-4112 Printed in the United States of America on acid-free paper 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ISBN 978-0-8122-4583-7 A catalogue record for this book is available from the Library of Congress. For Dennis, and to the memory of Nirmala All I can do is tell the truth. No, that isn’t so—I have missed it. There is no truth that, in passing through awareness, does not lie. But one runs after it all the same. —Jacques Lacan, The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis (1978) Sometimes it is necessary to restore the lost parts, to rediscover everything that cannot be seen in the image. . . . But sometimes, on the contrary, it is necessary to make holes, to introduce voids and white spaces, to rarify the image, by suppressing many things that have been added to make us believe that we are seeing everything. —Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2 (1989) May words cease to be arms; means of action, means of salvation. Let us count, rather, on disarray. —Maurice Blanchot, The Writing of the Disaster (1995) ...


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  • Psychiatry -- India -- History -- 21st century.
  • Women -- Mental health services -- India.
  • Psychiatric hospitals -- India.
  • Mentally ill women -- Care -- India.
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