Research Bibliography -- Fall 1993

(Compiled by Indira V. Peterson)

NOTE: This bibliography is intended mainly as an aid to on-line searches for authors and titles, for students doing research on particular topics related to Indian women. Some of the entries are incomplete. Complete particulars may be found through on-line searches. Most of the titles listed here are available at Mount Holyoke and the Five College libraries. Others may be obtained through inter-library loan.


Datta, V. N. Sati: Widow-burning in India.

Status of Women in India (1971-1974): Synopsis. Allied, 1975.

Sangari, Kumkum and S. Vaid. Recasting Women: Essays in Indian Colonial History. Rutgers Press.

Tharu, S. and K. Lalitha, eds. Women Writing in India. Vol 1. Feminist Press, 1991. Vol 2. 1993.

In Search of Answers: Indian Women's Voices from Manushi. Zed Press.

Alexander, Meena. House of a Thousand Doors.

Alexander, Meena. Nampally Road. Feminist Press, CUNY.

Alexander Meena. Fault Lines: A Memoir. Feminist Press.

Suleri, Sara. Meatless Days.

Fruzzetti, Lina. The Gift of a Virgin: Women. Marriage. and Ritual. 1982.

Misra, Rekha. Women in Mughal India.

Thapar, Romila. "Traditions and Misconceptions" Manushi Interview on Women.

Thapar, Romila. Ancient Indian Social History: Some Interpretations From Lineage to State. Delhi, 1984.

Marglin, Frederique. Wives of the God-Kina: The Devadasis of Puri.

Kersenboom-Story, Saskia. Nityasumangali. (On the Devadasi tradition)

Lebra-Chapman, Joyce. The Rani Of Jhansi. University of Hawaii Press.

Hiltebeitel, A. The Cult of Draupadi.

Lateef, Shahida. Muslim Women in India.

Jain, Devaki. Women's Quest for Power.

Papanek, Hannah, ed. Separate Worlds.

Jeffery, Patricia. Frogs in a Well.


Altekar, A.S. The Position of women in Hindu Civilization. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1973.

Bader, Clarisse. Women in Andient India: Moral and Literary Studies. Trans. Mary E.R. Martin. 1964.

Dimock, Edward C., ed. The Literatures of India. University of Chicago Press, 1974.

Cormack, Margaret L. The Hindu Woman. New York: Columbia U. Press, 1953.

---------------------------She who rides a Peacock. N. Y., Praeger. 1961.

Meyer, Johan Jacob. Sexual Life in Ancient India. London: Routledge, 1930.

Renou, Louis. Indian Literature. Walker Sun Books.

Wadley, Susan S. "Women and the Hindu Tradition" in: Doranne

Jacobson and Susan Wadley. Women in India: Two Perspectives. South Asia Books. 1977.

Thomas, Paul. Indian Women Through the Ages. Asia Publishing House, Bombay and NY 1964.

Young, Katherine K. and Arvind Sharma. Images of the Feminine:... A Bibliography of Women in India. Chico, Cal. New Horizons Press, 1974.

Hume, Robert E. The Thirteen Principal Upanisads. Oxford U. Press, 1975.

Pinkham, Mildred W. Women in the Sacred Scriptures of Hinduism. N.Y. Columbia U. Press, 1941.

Tiruvalluvar, The Sacred Kural. trans. H.A. Popley


Coomaraswamy, A.K. and Sister Nivedita. Myths of the Hindus and Buddhists. Dover Publications.

Danielou, Alain. Shilappadikaram: The Ankle Bracelet. By Prince Ilango Adigal. N.Y.: New Directions, 1965.

Danielou, Alain. Merchant-prince Shattan: Manimekalai. New Directions.

Dutt, R.C. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata condensed into English Verse. London: Everyman, 1910. Dutton, 1974.

Iyer, V.V.S. Kamba Ramayana: A Study. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan,


Kirk, James A. Stories of the Hindus An Introduction through Texts and Interpretation N.Y.: Macmillan, 1972.

Nadarajah, D. Women in Tamil Society: The Classical Period. Kuala

Lumpur: University of Malaya, 1969.

Narasimhan, C.V. The Mahabharata. Columbia University Press.

Richman, Paula, and N. Cutler, eds. Many Ramayanas. University of

Berkeley Press, 1991.

Shastri, Hari Prasad. The Ramayana of Valmiki. London: Shanti

Sadan. 3 vols.


Ingalls, Daniel H.H. Sanskrit Poetry. Harvard University Press,

(Balknap), 1968.

Matthews, D.J. and C. Shackle. An Anthology of Classical Urdu Love Lyrics. Oxford University Press, 1972.

Miller, Barbara S. The Hermit and the Love Thief. Columbia U. Press,


Ramanujan, A.K. The Interior Landscape. Indian U. Press, 1967.

Ramanujan, A.K. Poems of Love and War. Columbia U. Press.

Ryder, Arthur. Kalidasa: Shakuntala and Other Writings. N.Y.

Dutton, 1959.

Hart, George L. III. "Woman and the Sacred in Ancient Tamilnad." The Journal of Asian Studies. vol. 32, no. 2. 233-50.

-------------------------The Poems of Ancient Tamil. U. of Chicago


van Buitenen, J.A.B. Tales of Ancient India. U. of Chicago Press,1959.

------------------------Two Plays of Ancient India. U. of Chicago Press


------------------------ The Mahabharata. vols 1, 2 and 3.Univ. of Chicago

Press, 1974 ff (read under epic literature).

Miller, Barbara. Theater of Memory. (Shakuntala).

Heifetz, Hank. The Origin of the Young God.


Archer, W.G. The Loves of Krishna. London: Allen and Unwin, 1957.

Aurobindo (Ghosh) Sri. Mother. Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo Ashram 1954.

----------------------- Savitri. Pondicherry, 1962

Bharati, Agehananda. The Tantric Tradition. London: Rider, 1965.

Bhattacharya, Deben. Love Songs of Chandidas. London: Allen and Unwin, 1967.

--------------------------- Love songs of Vidyapati. Allen and Unwin, 1963.

Brown, Cheever M. God as Mother: A Feminine Theology in India. Hartford: Claude Stark, 1974.

Dimmitt, Cornelia, and J.A.B. van Buitenen. Classical Hindu Mythology, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1978.

Dimock, E.C. The Thief of Love. Chicago, 1963.

----------------The Place of the Hidden Moon: Erotic Mysticism in the Vaisnava Sahajiya Cult. Chicago, 1966.

Dimock, E.C. and Denise Levertov. In Praise of Krishna. Doubleday, Anchor, 1967.

Goetz, Hermann, Mirabai. Her Life and Times. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Bombay.

Kingsbury, F. and G.A. Phillips. Hymns of the Tamil Saivaite Saints. Association Press, 1921

Manushi periodical, numbers 50-52 in 1 volume. On Women Saints

Miller, Barbara S. Love Song of the Dark Lord. Columbia U. Press, 1977.

Allston, A.J. The Songs of Mira

Ramanujan, A.K. Speaking of Siva. Penguin Classics, 1973.

Ramanujan, A.K. "Women Saints" in J. Hawley and D. Wulff, eds. The Divine Consort.

McNicol, M. Songs of the Woman Saints.

Hawley, J., and M. Juergenmeyer, eds. Songs of the Saints of India. Oxford University Press.

Dehejia, Vidya. Antal and Her Path of Love. SUNY, 1990.


Babb, Lawrence A. "The Brahmakumaris: Women's liberation within the Hindu tradition." in Redemptive Encounters.

Carstairs, Morris. The Twiceborn.

Harper, E.B. "Fear and the Status of Women." Southwestern Journal of Anthropology 25, pp. 81-95.

Harper, Marvin. Gurus. Swamis and Avatars. Philadelphia: Westminster, 1972.

Lewis, Oscar. Village Life in Northern India: Studies in a Delhi Village. N.Y.: Vintage, 1965.

Mandelbaum, David G. Society in India. Vols. I and 11. University of California Press, 1970.

Peterson, Indira. "The Tie that Binds: Brothers and Sisters in North and South India". South Asian Social Scientist, 1988.

Wadley, Susan S. "Brothers, Husbands and Sometimes Sons: Kinsmen in North Indian ritual." Eastern Anthropologist, Spring 1975.


Hawley, J. and D. Wulff. The Divine Consort.: Radha and the Goddesses of India. Berkeley, 1982.

Babb, Lawrence A. The Divine Hierarchy, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, 1975.

----------------------- "Marriage and Malevolence: The Use of Sexual Opposition in a Hindu Pantheon" Ethnology- 9, 1970, 137-48.

Claus Peter. "Aspects of the Siri Cult: Possession of Women and Goddesses in South Indian morality" (draft).

Egnor, Margaret. "An Urban Priestess of Tamilnadu," in Wadley, Powers.

Hudson, D. Dennis. "Siva, Minaksi, Visnu" in Burton Stein, ed. South Indian Temples: An Analytical Reconsideration. Delhi: Vikas, 1978.

Kinsley, David. The Sword and the Flute. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975.

Mookerjee, Ajit and M. Khanna. The Tantric way. Boston: N.Y. Graphic Society, 1977.

Nikhilananda, Swami. The Gospel of Shri Ramakrishna. N.Y.: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1976.

Gatwood, Lynn. Devi and the Spouse-Goddess.

Peterson, Indira. "Faces of the Goddess." 1988 Exhibition Catalog, MHC Art Museum.

Sax, William. Mountain-goddess.

O'Flaherty, Wendy D. Women. Androgynes. aad other Mythical Beasts. Chicago: U. of Chicago Press, 1980.

Dimock, E.C. The Thief of Love (the Manasa-Mangal)

Obeyesekere, Gananath. The Cult of The Goddess Pattini. Chicago, 1984.

Raniprasad Sen., Grace and Mercy in her Wild Hair. trans. L. Nathan and C. Seely. Shambala, 1983.

Kinsley, David. Hindu Goddesses. Berkely.

Olson, Charles. The Book of the Goddess. Crossroad, 1987.

Sri Sarada Devi: The Holy Mother. R.K. Math, 1958.

Nivedita, Sister. Kali: The Mother. Mayavati. Advaita Ashram, 1953.

Rhie, Marilyn, and D. Dennis Hudson. The Bodhisattva and the Goddess. Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Smith College Art Museum, Spring 1980.

Wadley, Susan. The Powers of Tamil Women.

Whitehead, Henry. The Village Gods of South India. Calcutta: Oxford/Association Press, 1921.

Zimmer, Heinrich. Myth and Symbols in Indian Art and Civilization. N.Y.: Harper and Row, 1962.


Beck, Brenda, and P. Claus. Folktales of India. p.4.

Beck, Brenda. The Three Twins. A Tamil Folk Epic.

Elwin, Verrier. Folksongs of Chattisgarh. Oxford: Cumberlege, 1940.

Archer, Mildred. Sonas for the Bride. Columbia U. Press.


Anantamurthy, U. R. Samskara. Delhi: Oxford U. Press.

Banerji, Bibhutibhushan. Pather Panchali: Song of the Road. Indian U. Press

Bhatia, Krishen. Indira: A Biography. London: Angus and Robertson, 1974.

Bose, Buddhadeva. Rain Through the Night. Interculture Associates.

Chatterjee, Bankimchandra. Krishnakanta's Will. N.Y.: New Directions, 1962.

Clark, T.W. ed. The Novel in India. London: Allen and Unwin, 1970.

Gandhi, M.K. Women's Role in Society.

--------------- Women and Social Injustice.

--------------- To the Women. (the Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi).

Desai, Anita. Fire on the Mountain. N.Y.: Harper and Row.

Jain, Devaki, ed. Indian Women. Publications Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. Of Indian, 1975.

Janakiraman, T. The Sins of Appu's Mother. Delhi: Hind, 1972.

Jhabwala, Ruth P. Like Birds, Like Fishes. Anthology of short stories.

Kabir, Humayun, ed. Green and Gold: Stories and Poems from Bengal.

Kapur, Promilla. Marriage and the Working Woman in India. Vikas, Delhi, 1970.

Markandaya, Kamala. Nectar in a Sieve. John Day, 1954.

--------------------------- Two Virgins. John Day, 1973.

Mehta, Rama. The Divorced Hindu Woman. Delhi: Vikas, 1975.

----------------- The Western-educated Hindu Woman. Bombay: Asia, 1970.

Miller, Barbara Stoler, Nabaneeta Dev Sen and Agueda Pizzarro de Rayo. "Splitting the Mother Tongue: Bengali and Spanish Poems in English Translations." Signs, Spring 1973, vol. 3 #3, 608-621.

Mukherjee, Bharati. The Tiger's Daughter. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1972.

----------------------- Darkness and Other Stories

----------------------- The Middleman a-ad Other Stories.

----------------------- Jasmine.

Ray, David, and A. Singh. India: An Anthology, of Contemporary Writing

Naidu, Sarojini. The Golden Threshold

Naidu, S. The Sceptred Flute.

Mahasweta Devi, "Breast-Giver" and "Draupadi", translated by Gayatri Spivak, in In Other Words.

Padmanabhan, N. The Generations. Interculture Associates.

Peterson, Indira V. "The Strong Woman in the Novels of T. Janakiraman." Journal of Tamil Studies. December 1982.

Peterson, Indira V. "Women, Men and the Interior World: Classical categories in Tamil Fiction of the 1960's" Literature East and West, 1990.

Minault, Gail, ed. The Extended Family: Women and Political Participation in India and Pakistan. South Asia Books, 1981.

Schomer, Karine. Mahadevi Varma and the Chhayavad Age of Modern Hindi Poetry.

Sidhwa, Bapsi. Cracking India

Pillai, Thakazhi Sivasankara. Chernmeen. London: Victor Gollancz, 1962.

Ramabai, Pandita. The High-caste Hindu Woman. N.Y.: Fleming H. Revell, 1902.

Rao, Raja, Kanthapura. New Directions, 1963.

Roadarmel, Gordon. A. Death in Delhi: Modern Hindi Short Stories.

Roy, Manisha. Bengali Women. U. of Chicago Press, 1972.

Ruswa, Mirza. The Courtesan of Lucknow: Umrao Jan Ada. Trans. Khushwant Singh and M.A. Husaini. Orient Paperbacks, UNESCO Collection.

Sahitya Akademi. Contemporary Indian Short Stories. vol. 1

Sakala, Carol. Women of South Asia. Millwood, N.J. Kraus International Publishers 1980.

Tagore, Rabindranath, The Broken Nest. trans. M. Lago and S. Sen U. of Missouri Press, 1971.

--------------------------- Binodini. Trans. Krishna Kripalani. Delhi: Sahitya Akademi, 1959.

--------------------------- The Home and the World.

--------------------------- A Tagore Reader. ed. A.Chakravarty.