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The Mystic and The Lyric: Four Women Poets from Kashmir

Neerja Mattoo (Author)

My body in bliss, a river of wine My eyes are open, saqi, come fill these cups Hu hu ha! I cry, madness in my heart.

Lal Ded, Habba Khatun, Rupa Bhavani, Arnimal: these four women poets, dating from different periods in the history of Kashmir, are household names in the valley and are claimed by all, no matter what religious, ethnic or other group they belong to.

In this beautiful volume, Neerja Mattoo brings their work together for the first time, placing it in two traditions, the mystic and the lyric. Fine and nuanced translations of their poems are accompanied by brief introductions to their work that place the women in a historical context and deal with both the facts and the beliefs about their work.

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About the author

Neerja Mattoo

Neerja Mattoo taught English language and literature in the Government College for Women, Maulana Azad Road, Srinagar and retired as Principal. She has written several books and papers on Kashmir and its literature and culture. She is well-known now as a translator from Kashmiri into English. apart from other publications, her book of translation of Kashmiri short stories," Contemporary Kashmiri Short Stories" was published by the Sahitya Akademi in 1998, and it has gone into two printings. She has participated in National and International Seminars, presenting papers on aspects of Kashmiri and English Literature. She was awarded a British Council Fellowship to the Unviersity of Oxford in 1984. She was also given a Senior Fellowship to the University of Oxford in 1984. She was also given a Senior Fellowships in Literature by the Department of Culture, Ministry of Human Resource Development, in 1997, to work on four Kashmir women poets, Lalded, Habba Khotun, Roh Bhawani and Arnimal, the subject of her forthcoming book. Neerja Mattoo is based in Srinagar.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Mystic and The Lyric: Four Women Poets from Kashmir
Author Neerja Mattoo
Format Hardcover
Date published: 16.05.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Zubaan
Language: English
isbn 9789385932717
length 252p.