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

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Anita Desai, writing in the New York Review of Books, called the publication of these two volumes, “a landmark . . . revolutionary . . . presents a view of India in life and history never coherently put together before." 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 extends the historical understanding of literature, feminism, and the making of modern India. The biographical, critical, and bibliographical headnotes in both volumes, supported by an introduction which Anita Desai describes as intellectually rigorous, challenging, and analytical, place the writers and their selections within the context of Indian culture and history. VOLUME I: ! 600 B.C. TO THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY was hailed as a "monumental achievement” by Library Journal. It includes songs by Buddhist nuns, testimonies of medieval rebel poets and court historians, and the voices of more than 60 other writers of the 18th and 19th centuries. Among the diverse selections are a rare early essay by an untouchable woman; an account by the first feminist historian; and a selection from the first novel written in English by an Indian woman. VOLUME II: THE TWENTIETH CENTURY features poetry, fiction, drama, and autobiography by 73 writers born after 1905, some widely appreciated in their own time, others neglected or ignored. These works bring into the scope of literary discussion a whole new range of women’s experiences in and responses to society, politics, desire, marriage, procreation, aging, and death.

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
Published January 1, 1993 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 576 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After providing a disclaimer in part 4 of the introduction (that Women Writing in India is not an attempt at canon-revision), Tharu and Lalita claim that the anthology is an attempt to develop an aesthetic and create a context wherein women's writing can be read "not as new monuments to existing ...

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