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by Mandakranta Bose

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ISBN:
0195122291
Author:
Mandakranta Bose
Category:
World
Language:
English
Publisher:
Oxford University Press; 1 edition (February 10, 2000)
Pages:
368 pages
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Oxford University Press, USA, 10 февр.

Oxford University Press, USA, 10 февр. This book offers a variety of scholarly studies in the idea, situation, and the self-definition-of women in India, from the earliest historical period up to the present day.

This is a wonderfully enlightening book, covering a wide range of subjects. Most of the sections are very clearly written, and one does not necessarily need a background in Indian history to appreciate it. Of particular interest are "Anasuya: a Pativrata with Panache" by Vidyut Aklujkar and "Postcolonial Identity as Feminist Fantasy: A Study of Tamil Women's Short Fiction on Dowry" by Matilda Gabrielpillai.

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This book offers a variety of scholarly studies in the idea, situation, and the self-definition-of women in India, from the earliest historical period up to the present day.

Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India. Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India.

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This collection had its origins as a colloquium held at the University of British Columbia in 1994. It is desinged to offer an overview of ideas. Fascinating collection of essays. the approach is both wide-ranging and ground-breaking.

There are three sections; ancient, medieval, and modern. Bose provides an enlightening article on Sati. Though she is concerned with ancient texts her article is given modern relevance by several recent burnings in India

There are three sections; ancient, medieval, and modern. And in each section the essays pick up ideas and threads from each other. The result is a pleasure to read, and the essays are engaging and entertaining (with one exception). Though she is concerned with ancient texts her article is given modern relevance by several recent burnings in India. She shows how Sati is as much about political and social control as religious or traditional authority. And she goes on to argue that the only way such controls can be broken down is by educating the victims themselves.

This book offers a variety of scholarly studies in the idea, situation, and definition-including the self-definition-of women in India, from the earliest historical period up to the present day. Both in its range of topics and depth of research, this volume creates a sustained focus that is not presently available in the literature of women in India.Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India comprises 25 essays contributed by a diverse mix of Indian, Canadian, American, and British women scholars, most of whom have lived in South Asia either for all of their lives or for extended periods. Arranged chronologically, these groundbreaking essays set aside the myths and prejudices that often clutter discussions about women in India. Part I, which is dedicated to the ancient period, defines women's positions as depicted in the sacred law, considers subordinated women in major Hindu epics, describes women's roles in ritual and their understanding of religion, and examines the patriarchal organization of women's lives in Buddhism. Part II begins with an essay on Tantra, a major force in medieval India that influenced both Hinduism and Buddhism and placed women at the center of its sacred rites. Other essays in Part II look at the life and legends of a medieval woman saint poet, the portrayal of a Hindu goddess in medieval Bengal, and the role of women from Mughal harems in decision making. Part III describes the colonial perception of Indian women in the late nineteenth century and shows how women's self-perceptions have been expressed through their art and writing as well as through their political action in the twentieth century.Providing informed and balanced analysis of extensive primary source material, this book will be an essential resource for students of women's lives in India.