v. 1. 600 B.C. to the early twentieth century.
"A book that is revolutionary and presents a view of Indian life and history never coherently put together before and which it will be impossible ever again to ignore. It will be considered a landmark." --New York Review of Books "Susie Tharu and K. Lalita have given the English-speaking world a special gift by compiling this marvelously rich, intelligent collection. . . . Tharu and Lalita offer brilliant interpretations of how Western historians have read the history of India either as an allegory of 'Western man's soul' or translated into 'something that was accessible, familiar, and above all structured for intervention and control.' Tharu and Lalita also show how women's literature around the world has until now been largely understood through the narrow Euro-American lens." --New Directions of Women "This splendid anthology makes visible for the first time the contours of a veritable subcontinent of women writing. The selections are wise and revealing; the introduction, meticulous and seminal. It should establish once and for all that in the study of Indian cultural history the importance of gender, far from being marginal, is profoundly structural." --C.M. Naim, founding editor of Journal of South Asian Literature