chapter  2
19 Pages

Did girls have a childhood in the past?

Mythologies, ideologies, histories
WithUma Chakravarti

This chapter looks at ideologies, mythologies and histories to examine the truncation of childhood among girls from the pre-modern past to the 19th century, when girls who became women recorded their experiences regarding the abrupt and often traumatic ending of their brief childhood. The powerful texts written by Pandita Rambai and others are examined. The essay aims to provoke thinking about childhood in the historical past and its implications for contemporary times.