Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Padmarag

Barnita Bagchi (Universiteit Utrecht)
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Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Bengali work


(“Ruby”, first translated by Barnita Bagchi, 2005)is her only work of prose fiction long enough to be termed a novel. It was published by the author from 86A Lower Circular Road, Calcutta, in 1924. The book is dedicated to her brother Ibrahim Saber and it delineates a female-led utopia with educational and philanthropic emphasis. It complements Rokeya’s better-known utopian short story

Sultana’s Dream

(1905), a dream-vision of a female-led country in which science, technology, and female education go hand in hand to create a peaceful, pollution-free land in which men, in a satirical inversion, are confined to men’s quarters, the mardana.


describes a female-founded and female-administered community set in early…

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Citation: Bagchi, Barnita. "Padmarag". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 August 2016 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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