Mandakranta Bose’s Women in the Hindu Tradition: Rules, Roles, and Exceptions offers a fresh examination of the idea and roles of the feminine—both divine and mortal, actual and idealised—in the Hindu tradition. Bose identifies points of continuity and contradiction in hegemonic Hindu discourse on gender as she examines and brings into dialogue with one another the conception and evolution of key Hindu goddesses, the critical opinions asserted by sacred Hindu law texts, and the particular expressions of spirituality and social commentary in the work of female ascetic poets. She also provides in English translation a wealth of primary Sanskrit sources from key ancient and medieval sources that speak to the nature and roles of women in the Hindu tradition as it was historically conceptualised and articulated.

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