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Voice of Women

Gargi to Gangasati by: Avadhesh Kumar Singh

This book contains articles that examine the contribution of women saints from India and abroad and discuss the origin of bhakti, the Bhakti Movement, theris, and bhakti/saint poetesses. Their contribution constitutes a rich tradition of devotional discourse in terms of form as well as content.

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ISBN: 9788124604618
Year Of Publication: 2008
Edition: 1st
Pages : xi, 374
Bibliographic Details : With a DVD; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 650

Overview

This volume comprises articles that examine the contribution of women saints from India and abroad as well. The articles discuss the origin of bhakti, the Bhakti Movement, and bhakti/saint poetesses like Rishika Gargi, theris, Andal, Lal Ded, Akka Mahadevi, Mirabai, Gangasati, Tarigonda Vengamamba, Janabai, Bahinabai, Madhabi Dasi, Hildegard of Bingen, and Julian of Norwich from different regions and religions. Their contribution constitutes a rich tradition of devotional discourse in terms of form as well as content and has survived till now in folk and learned traditions. The articles discuss their voices, visions and sufferings — physical and psychological — and also the way they transcended them and voiced them in their compositions. Their uniqueness lies in their existence at multiple levels — social, poetic, religious and spiritual — among others. The volume would interest literary, cultural historians and religious scholars as well as general readers.

Contents

Preface
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1. In their Own Words and Worlds : Women Saint Poets and Their Poetry
— Avadhesh Kumar Singh
2. The Voice of Women : An Overview
— Nagindas Sanghavi
3. Women and Risika Gargi in Vedic Context
— Yugal Kishor Mishra
4. Therigatha Songs of Bhikkhunis
— Meena Talim
5. Andal : The Ruler of All Hearts
— Rajam Natarajan Pillai
6. Rabia Basri : The Saintly Mystic
— Mumtaz Currim
7. Akka Mahadevi : In Search of Identity
— Girija Shastry
8. The Living Light: The Mystical Experience of Hildegard of Bingen and Julian of Norwich
— Sister Ananda Amritmahal
9. Lal Ded
— Mohd. Zaman Azurdah
10. Madhabi Dasi: The First Oriya Saint-Poetess
— Sulochana Das
11. Candravati
— Indra Nath Chaudari
12. Mira, the Ocean of Love and Devotion
— Namvar Singh
13. Marathi Saint Poetesses Janabai and Bahinabai
— Aruna Dhere
14. Tarigonda Vengamamba : Telugu Saint Poetess
— K. Leelavati
15. Gangasati : The Saint of Saurashtra
— Bhandev
Revere Mother Power, or Perish
— Morari Bapu
The Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Avadhesh Kumar Singh (1960- ) is Professor and Head, Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, Saurashtra University, Rajkot. His areas of publications include Indian and western literary theories, comparative literature, Indian literature and translation studies. He is the Coordinator of UGC SAP/DRS Programme on “Indian Renaissance with special reference to English, Gujarati and Hindi.” He is the Editor of Critical Practice, a journal of critical and literary studies since 1994.
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