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McDermott, Rachel Fell

Works: 10 works in 94 publications in 1 language and 4,797 library holdings
Genres: Poetry 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor
Classifications: PK1714.5.E5, 294.52114
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Publications about Rachel Fell McDermott
Publications by Rachel Fell McDermott
Most widely held works by Rachel Fell McDermott
Encountering Kali : in the margins, at the center, in the West by Rachel Fell McDermott( Book )
18 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and held by 371 libraries worldwide
An exploration of the Hindu goddess Kālī, this text uses scriptural history, temple architecture, political violence, feminist and psychoanalytic criticism, autobiographical reflection and the Internet to illuminate the problems and promises inherent in every act of cross-cultural understanding
Singing to the goddess : poems to Kālī and Umā from Bengal by Rachel Fell McDermott( Book )
17 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 282 libraries worldwide
"This collection presents 145 brief Bengali lyric poems dedicated to the Hindu goddesses Kali and Uma. These poems - many of which are presented here for the first time in English translation - were written from the early eighteenth century up to the contemporary period. They represent the unique Bengali tradition of goddess worship (Saktism) as it developed over this period. Included are forty poems by the most famous of all Sakta poets, Ramprasad Sen (c. 1718-1775) and ten lyrics by the renowned 20th-century poet Kaji Nazrul Islam. McDermott's lucid introduction places these works in their historical context and shows how images of the goddesses evolved over the centuries. Her lively translations of these poetic lyrics evoke the passion and devotion of the followers of Kali and Uma and shed light on the history and practice of goddess worship."--BOOK JACKET
Mother of my heart, daughter of my dreams : Kālī and Umā in the devotional poetry of Bengal by Rachel Fell McDermott( Book )
19 editions published between 2000 and 2004 in English and held by 228 libraries worldwide
"This book chronicles the rise and subsequent fortunes of goddess worship, or Saktism, in the region of Bengal from the middle of the eighteenth century to the present. The primary documents are lyrics directed to the goddesses Kali and Uma, beginning with those of the first of the Sakta lyricist-devotees, Ramprasad Sen (ca. 1718-1775) and Kamalakanta Bhattacarya (ca. 1769-1821), and continuing up through those of the gifted poet Kaji Najrul Islam (1899-1976). Rachel Fell McDermott has used extensive research from primary historical texts as well as from secondary Bengali and English source materials. She places the advent of the Sakta lyric in its historical context and charts the vicissitudes over time of this form of goddess worship, including the nineteenth-century resurgence of Saktism in the cause of Nationalist politics. The main theme of the book is the way in which the images of the two goddesses evolved over the centuries. Kali is sweetened and democratized over time. Much of her fierce, wild, dangerous, and bloody character disappears, as she is increasingly seen as a compassionate and loving divine mother to her children. Uma, for her part, is gradually transformed from the gentle and remote wife of Shiva to the adored daughter of Bengali parents, increasingly humanized and colored with regional Bengali characteristics."--BOOK JACKET
Breaking boundaries with the goddess : new directions in the study of Śaktism : essays in honor of Narendra Nath Bhattacharyya ( Book )
3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 55 libraries worldwide
Contributed articles
Pilgrims at the crossroads : Asian Indian Christians at the North American frontier by Anand Veeraraj( Book )
4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 14 libraries worldwide
Evidence for the transformation of the goddess Kālī : Kamalākānta Bhaṭṭācārya and the Bengali Śākta Padāvalī tradition by Rachel Fell McDermott( Archival Material )
6 editions published between 1993 and 1996 in English and held by 7 libraries worldwide
New contributions to the study of Hindu goddesses by Rachel Fell McDermott( Article )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Alternative Names
Fell McDermott, Rachel
Fell Rachel
Mac Dermott Rachel Fell
MacDermott Rachel Fell
Mc Dermott Rachel Fell
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