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A Woman's Ramayana

Candravati's Bengali Epic

By Mandakranta Bose, Sarika Priyadarshini Bose

Routledge – 2013 – 162 pages

Series: Routledge Hindu Studies Series

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    978-0-415-62529-6
    June 13th 2013

Description

The Ramayana, an ancient epic of India, with audiences across vast stretches of time and geography, continues to influence numberless readers socially and morally through its many re-tellings. Made available in English for the first time, the 16th century version presented here is by Candravati, a woman poet from Bengal. It is a highly individual rendition as a tale told from a woman's point of view which, instead of celebrating masculine heroism, laments the suffering of women caught in the play of male ego.

This book presents a translation and commentary on the text, with an extensive introduction that scrutinizes its social and cultural context and correlates its literary identity with its ideological implications. Taken together, the narrative and the critical study offered here expand the understanding both of the history of women’s self-expression in India and the cultural potency of the epic tale. The book is of interest equally to students and researchers of South Asian narratives, Ramayana studies and gender issues.

Contents

1. Introduction 2. Candrāvatī Rāmāyana Part 1 3. Candrāvatī Rāmāyana Part 2 4. Candrāvatī Rāmāyana Part 3 5. Appendix 1. Vālmīki Rāmāyana 6. Appendix 2. Krttivāsī Rāmāyana 7. Appendix 3. Narrative Parallels and Omissions 8. Appendix 4. Nayāncāñd Ghos's Candrāvatī 9. Appendix 5. Glossary

Author Bio

Mandakranta Bose is Professor Emerita at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She has published widely on the classical performing arts and literature of India, gender studies and Hinduism.

Sarika Priyadarshini Bose is Lecturer in English at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her research interests and publications include Victorian drama and theatre, children’s literature, gender studies and composition.

Name: A Woman's Ramayana: Candravati's Bengali Epic (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Mandakranta Bose, Sarika Priyadarshini Bose. The Ramayana, an ancient epic of India, with audiences across vast stretches of time and geography, continues to influence numberless readers socially and morally through its many re-tellings. Made available in English for the first time, the 16th...
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