Women historiography has been one of the major concerns of the feminist movement particularly since 1960s. Looking at the figure of the courtesan in India–its histories, representations, repression and re-emergence, the paper seeks to problematize discourses of both Universalist and minority history writing that have been built around these women. In the context of Post-Colonial theory, and in the light of the dynamic nature of the categories of Truth, Power, Knowledge, and Discourse, the paper seeks to salvage Foucault’s methodology of writing a genealogical history as opening new avenues within the history of the courtesan in India in particular and women’s history writing in general.

Author Biography

Meenal Tula, Research Scholar, Centre for Women’s Studies, Hyderabad Central University

Rekha Pande, Professor and Head, Department of History, School of Social Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India