The Other Ramayana Women

The Other Ramayana Women : Regional Rejection and Response

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This book is the first to present current scholarship on gender and in regional and sectarian versions of the Ramayana. Contributors explore in what ways the versions relate to other Ramayana texts as they deal with the female persona and the cultural values implicit in them. Using a wide variety of approaches, both analytical and descriptive, the authors discover common ground between narrative variants even as their diversity is recognized. It offers an analysis in the shaping of the heterogeneous Rama tradition through time as it can be viewed from the perspective of narrating women's lives. Through the analysis of the representation and treatment of female characters, narrative inventions, structural design, textual variants, and the idiom of composition and technique in art and sculpture are revealed and it is shown what and in which way these alternative versions are unique. A sophisticated exploration of the Ramayana, this book is of great interest to academics in the fields of South Asian Studies, Asian Religion, Asian Gender and Cultural more

Product details

  • Hardback | 204 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 17.78mm | 442g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 14 black & white illustrations, 14 black & white halftones
  • 1138934011
  • 9781138934016

About John Brockington

John Brockington is Emeritus Professor of Sanskrit at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He has published many books on the Sanskrit epics (Ramayana, Mahabharata, Harivamsa). Mary Brockington is Research Fellow at the International Association of Sanskrit Studies, Austria. She has published many articles on narrative strategies in traditional literature, including many on the Sanskrit more

Table of contents

Foreword Gavin Flood 1: Re-creation, refashioning, rejection, response ... : how the narrative developed John Brockington 2. Surpanakha in the Jain Ramayanas Eva De Clercq 3. Betrayed by the beloved: lustful wives and devoted mothers in the Jain Ramayanas Mary Brockington 4. The Adventures of Rama, Sita and Ravana in Tibet Ulrike Roesler 5. Afflicted mothers and abused women: the words behind the pictures John Brockington, Mary Brockington and Rachel Loizeau-Pajaniradja 6. Women in crisis: South Indian pictorial versions of the Ramayana narrative Anna Dallapiccola 7. Designing Women: Felicitous Malice in a Bengali Ramayan Mandakranta Bose 8. Can Sages and Women Dance Side by Side? contested text and gender in the Kavitavali of Tulsidas Imre Bangha 9. Transmission and response in a grandmother's tale Mary Brockington Afterword: Tales of the Dispossessed: women in the Ramayana Mandakranta Bose Appendix: Retellings of the Rama story with dates, and variant namesshow more