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Shakuntala: Texts, Readings, Histories

1 June 2018

Romila Thapar

In this book, the historian Romila Thapar explores different narratives of the mythological figure of Shakuntala. Thapar follows the transformation of Shakuntala from an autonomous assertive figure in the Mahabharata to the quintessential submissive woman in Kalidasa’s play Shakuntala through a careful reading of several Indian and European texts, including versions of the Mahabharata and eighteenth-century katha in Braj.

Women Unlimited, 271 pages, Rs 450

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