Indulekha for my SALA conference paper proposal. I mean, really, how can the regulation of sambandhan possibly compare to a lake of molten poo in my lap?
Seriously, here is what I have so far:
This paper explores how the early Indian novel became a performative forum for social change. With fiction, novelists could intervene in the legal reform of marriage and contribute to forging regional colonial modernities. My analysis of O. Chandumenon’s novel Indulekha (1889) explores the relationship between the novel’s investment in the reform of marriage in the matrilineal Nair community and the novelist’s later involvement in the Malabar Marriage Commission. The Malabar Marriage Commission was organized in 1891 by the British colonial government and Indian social reformers to investigate the possibilities of regulating Nair marriage practices such as matrilineal inheritance, polyandry, and contractual (dissoluble) marital unions called sambandhan.
OK, does it make any sense?