File spoon-archives/seminar-13.archive/south-asian-women_1995-1996/seminar-13.nov95-mar96, message 125

Date: Mon, 4 Mar 1996 11:45:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: helooooooo?

Hi, Shamita. I know I have asked you this before but since i did not get 
any reply, I am trying again. I am interested in religious madness and I 
wonderr how one can get hold of Manushi. Any suggestions? Also, any 
primary literature on religious madness from the east? I saw DEVI by Ray 
and even though it talks about deification aand reincarnation, and even 
though there is madness in the film, it does not deal with it as 
religious madness. Any other suggestions? I just read CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY. 
What do you think of that book? I though the aunt's madness was brought 
on by "motherhood" and when the children no longer needed her, she became 
an alcoholic and "mad." I am also reading Andree Chedid's FROM SLEEP 
UNBOUND. Another question: can these texts be taught to undergradutes 
without reinforcing steriotypes? how? Thanks for your help. Jaspal Kaur

On Mon, 5 Feb 1996, Shamita Dasgupta wrote:

> Although focused on the west, Chesler's Women and madness and 
> Showalter's The Female Malady (Penguin Books) might be helpful.
> Are you interested in the Bhakti movement and women's religious
> (ecstatic) madness?  Manushi had a special issue a few years back
> on women in the Bhakti movement that you might find interesting.
> There has been some work on "bhar" or South Asian women who become 
> possessed as a way of protest.
> --Shamita


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