Mother of My Heart, Daughter of My Dreams: Kali and Uma in the Devotional Poetry of Bengal

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Overview

This book chronicles the rise of goddess worship in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. Focusing on the goddesses Kali and Uma, McDermott examines lyrical poems written by devotees from Ramprasad Sen (ca. 1718-1775) to Kazi Nazrul Islam (1899-1976).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195134353
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Transliteration
Introduction 3
Pt. I The Lives and Contexts of Sakta Poets
1 The Historical Background in Bengal 15
2 Building Fences with Kali: Ramprasad Sen and the Popularization of the Tantric Goddess 37
3 "Born in Ramprasad's Line to Revive Bhakti": Sadhaka Kamalakanta 84
4 Inheritors of Tradition: Floating in the Sakta Stream 128
Pt. II The Changing Genre of Sakta Poetry
5 Setting the Literary and Religious Scene in Eighteenth-Century Bengal 161
6 Dancing on the Heart-Lotus: Kali and the Ramprasad of Bengali Literature 176
7 Keeping the Legacy Alive: Kamalakanta Bhattacarya and the Sakta Padavali Tradition 204
8 "Ma, Come and Stay Awhile": Kali and Uma in Eighteenth-to Twentieth-Century Bengali Poetry 232
Conclusion: Bhakti's Balm in Bengal 286
Glossary 305
Notes 317
Bibliography 411
Index 423
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