The importance of Sakuntala as personifying Indian womanhood in Indian literature and culture is undisputed. This book attempts to explore some of the links between culture, history, and gender and between literature and history, through reading variant versions of the narrative of Sakuntala.
About the Author
Romila Thapar has specialized in early Indian history and has written extensively on the many aspects of the past. Her best known books are, Asoka and the Decline of the Manuryas; From Lineage to State; Hisotyr an dBeyond; Cultural Pasts: Essays in Early Indian History; Early India; Somantha: the Many Voice of a History; and The Aryan. She has been a visiting professor at universities in Asia, Europe and the USA and is now Professor Emeritus in Ancient Indian History at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In 2008 she was awarded the Kluge Prize(the American Nobel) for Lifetime Achievement in the field of history.