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Women Writing in India: 600 B.C. to the Present, V: 600 B.C. to the Early Twentieth Century

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These ground-breaking collections offer 200 texts from 11 languages, never before available in English or as a collection, along with a new reading of cultural history that draws on contemporary scholarship on women and on India. This extraordinary body of literature and important documentary resource illuminates the lives of Indian women through 2,600 years of change and ...more
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Published January 1st 1993 by Feminist Press (first published February 1st 1991)
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What we have tried to do, therefore, principally in the section introductions, but also in the biographical headnotes, is to create a context within which women’s writings can be read, not as new monuments to existing institutions or cultures (classics are, by definition, monuments), but as documents that display what is at stake in the embattled practices of self and agency, and in the making of a habitable world, at the margins of patriarchies reconstituted by the emerging bourgeoisies of emp
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It is a tragedy that the writers had to make a case with scholars and academics to research into a subject that has received little to no attention or not take offense when asked "What was the point". Defying the boundaries set by the experts, two women traveled across the country meeting activists, feminists, aging journalists, old bookstore owners, librarians, archivists, women involved in literary circles and just about anyone who could offer them a morsel of information on the ignored half o ...more
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This book resulted in a multi-fold increase in my reading list :-)
It was interesting to know about so many woman writers, most of whom come under the "not-so-well known" category and yet, wrote on diverse topics, and in an interesting manner. I like this idea of attaching a piece or two of the author's work in translation, with each biographical essay. Looking forward to read Volume-2 sometime soon!
Nidhi Tambi
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Quite intriguing.
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only problem with this text, useful as intro, useful as u text, is of its nature: there is no particular unity except they are all written by women, some feminist, some traditional, all get brief bios preceding their work, poetry or prose, fiction or arguments or letters, which tend to blur into one if you read them consecutively... did I want something else? perhaps clearer culture, geographic, language organization, more sense of historical development. my problem, not the text... and usual ef ...more
Sushmita Rao
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has short stories, poems, speeches, folk songs, passages from novels etc by Indian women from 600 B.C. to 20th century. Imagine reading the poems of Buddhist nuns from 6th century and then reading a chilling account of a Hindi writer who was imprisoned by British government for demanding independence during colonial rule. One writer reimagines the classic story Radha and Krishna and gives it a sexual angle. Another writer worked on household chores from early morning to late night and ...more
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