Shadow Lives: Writings on Widowhood
This Volume Documents The Focus On The Widow, Regarded As The Dark Half Of Womankind In Tradition, The Structural Counterpart Of The Sumangali Or The Auspicious Married Woman, And To Provide An Archive On Widowhood. The Archive Comprises Prescriptions, Injunctions, Laws And Other Accounts Dating Back To The 5Th Century Bc From Sanskrit Texts As Well As Extracts From Official Documents, Pamphlets And Essays In Many Languages, Published In The 19Th And 20Th Centuries. The Material Is Arranged In Three Parts: Documents, Personal Narratives And Creative Writing In An Attempt To Capture The Complexities Of The Experience Of Widowhood, Its Diversity And Range Across India. With The Emergence Of The Women S Movement In The Last Quarter Of The 20Th Century, The Terms Of Analysis Have Changed And Feminist Inspired Scholarship Has Raised New Questions. In The Anthology The Widow Comes Across Not Just As A Passive Pitiable Object, Oppressed, Victimised And Patronised But As An Active Resisting Survivor It Is This Last Image That Stays With The Reader.
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Acknowledgements Mb Introduction
According to the Dayabhaga School 39 Stridharmapaddhati
Stree Parva from the Mahabharata 45j Sangam Poetry
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