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Bibliography on Mirabai


Compiled by Lance Nelson, with many suggestions from RISA-L subcribers.  Thanks especially to Jack Hawley and Nancy Martin.

Alston, A. J. 1980. The Devotional Poems of Mirabai. 1st ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. [Instructive for its range and for its attempt to render the literal meaning, but isn't much as English poetry.--JSH]

Behari, Bankey.  1971.  Bhakta Mira. 2d ed. Bombay, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. Series title: Bhavan's book university, 81

Futehally, Shama, trans.  1994.  In the Dark of the Heart: Songs of Meera. Foreword by M.S. Subbalakshmi and an introduction by Suguna Ramanathan. San Francisco, CA: HarperCollins Publishers. [The translations are very, very, very free. This means--in my judgment--that the translations she comes up with should be used as a representation of the ongoing Mirabai tradition, in which she participates, rather than as translations per se. --JSH]

Harlan, Lindsey. 1992.  Religion and Rajput Women: The Ethics of Protection in Contemporary Narratives. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Harlan, Lindsey.  1995.  "Abandoning Shame: Mira on the Margins of Marriage." In From the Margins of Hindu Marriage, ed. Lindsey Harlan and Paul B. Courtright. New York: Oxford University Press.  [Works well with Jack Hawley's chapter on "Mirabai," below.]

Hawley, John Stratton. 1988.  “Mirabai.” In Songs of the Saints of India, John Stratton Hawely and Mark Juergensmeyer, chap. 5. New York: Oxford University Press.

Kurl, Shreeprakash.  1973.  The Devotional Poems of Mirabai. Calcutta: A Writers Workshop publication.

Martin, Nancy. 1999.  "Mira Janma Patri and Other Tales of Resistance and Appropriation." In Religion, Ritual, and Royalty, ed. Rajendra Joshi and N. K. Singhi. Jaipur: Rawat Press.

________.  1996.  "Mirabai: Inscribed Text, Embodied in Life." In Vaisnavi: Women and the Worship of Krishna, ed. by Steve Rosen. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. [Previously published in the Journal of Vaisnava Studies, Fall 1995.]

________. "Mirabai in the Academy and the Politics of Identity." (forthcoming).

Mukta, Parita.  1994. Upholding the Common Life: The Community of Mirabai. Delhi; New York: Oxford University Press.

Pandey, S. M. and Norman H. Zide, trans.  1964. Poems from Mirabai. Chicago: University of Chicago.

Rosen, Steven J.  1996.  Vaisnavi: Women and the Worship of Krishna. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.

Sangari, Kumkum. 1990. "Mirabai and the Spiritual Economy of Bhakti." Economic and Political Weekly (Bombay) 25, no.27 (Jul 7), 1464-1475.

Sangari, Kumkum. 1990. Mirabai and the Spiritual Economy of Bhakti. New Delhi: Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.

Schelling, Andrew, trans. 1993. For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai. Boston: Shambhala. Revised edition: Revised edition Hohm Press, 1998. ISBN: 093425284X


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