Detection and Desire: Male Goyendas and Their Female Bête-Noires in the Early Bangla Detective Novels

  • Shampa Roy
Part of the Palgrave Advances in Criminology and Criminal Justice in Asia book series (PACCJA)


Chapter 5 examines some instances of early Bangla goyenda/detective fictions that began to be published from the mid-1890s to look at the gendered construction of the fiercely savvy, physically bold and adventurous goyenda within a context caught in the throes of militant political self-assertion and colonial resistance. The hyper-masculine and dynamic goyenda, besides addressing the anxieties of the Bangla bhadralok that often saw itself as debilitated by and trapped in dull jobs and routine-bound lives, also addressed contemporary male anxieties about the possibilities of the emergent nobeena (new woman). The chapter examines novels in which the goyendas are pitted against criminality that is imagined (and vilified) in terms of self-assured, intelligent women with material ambitions.


Child Marriage English Woman Cultural Nationalist Female Protagonist Material Ambition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shampa Roy
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  1. 1.Department of EnglishMiranda House, University of DelhiDelhiIndia

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