Author: Susie Tharu and K Lalita
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195632192
A book that is revolutionary and which it will be impossible ever again to ignore.
This groundbreaking volume offers a selection of writing in thirteen languages ranging from the poems of Buddhist nuns of the sixth century BC to the first novel written in English in the nineteenth century which have never been available as a collection or in English. Providing both an extraordinary body of literature and an important documentary resource, these writings illuminate the lives of Indian women over a period of 2000 years.
The critical introductions and biographical headnotes map women's shifting roles and varying responses to the social, political and cultural upheavals of the time.
. . . Remarkable for at least three reasons: the extensive research . . . The sensitive and rigorous . . . Translations of each piece, and the impressive introductions to each section . .. - Meenakashi Mukherjee