Bibliography on Mirabai (updated original)
Compiled by Lance Nelson, with many suggestions from RISA-L subcribers. Thanks
especially to Jack Hawley and Nancy Martin.
Alston, A. J. 1980. The Devotional Poems of Mirabai. 1st ed. Delhi: Motilal
Banarsidass. [Instructive for its range and for its attempt to render the literal meaning,
but isn't much as English poetry.--JSH]
Behari, Bankey. 1971. Bhakta Mira. 2d ed. Bombay, Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan. Series title: Bhavan's book university, 81
Futehally, Shama, trans. 1994. In the Dark of the Heart: Songs of Meera.
Foreword by M.S. Subbalakshmi and an introduction by Suguna Ramanathan. San Francisco, CA:
HarperCollins Publishers. [The translations are very, very, very free. This means--in my
judgment--that the translations she comes up with should be used as a representation of
the ongoing Mirabai tradition, in which she participates, rather than as translations per
Harlan, Lindsey. 1992. Religion and Rajput Women: The Ethics of Protection in
Contemporary Narratives. University of California Press, Berkeley.
Harlan, Lindsey. 1995. "Abandoning Shame: Mira on the Margins of
Marriage." In From the Margins of Hindu Marriage, ed. Lindsey Harlan and
Paul B. Courtright. New York: Oxford University Press. [Works well with Jack
Hawley's chapter on "Mirabai," below.]
Hawley, John Stratton. 1988. “Mirabai.” In Songs of the Saints of
India, John Stratton Hawely and Mark Juergensmeyer, chap. 5. New York: Oxford
Kurl, Shreeprakash. 1973. The Devotional Poems of Mirabai.
Calcutta: A Writers Workshop publication.
Martin, Nancy. 1999. "Mira Janma Patri and Other Tales of Resistance and
Appropriation." In Religion, Ritual, and Royalty, ed. Rajendra Joshi and N.
K. Singhi. Jaipur: Rawat Press.
________. 1996. "Mirabai: Inscribed Text, Embodied in Life." In Vaisnavi:
Women and the Worship of Krishna, ed. by Steve Rosen. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass
Publishers. [Previously published in the Journal of Vaisnava Studies, Fall 1995.]
________. "Mirabai in the Academy and the Politics of Identity."
Mukta, Parita. 1994. Upholding the Common Life: The Community of Mirabai.
Delhi; New York: Oxford University Press.
Pandey, S. M. and Norman H. Zide, trans. 1964. Poems from Mirabai.
Chicago: University of Chicago.
Rosen, Steven J. 1996. Vaisnavi: Women and the Worship of Krishna.
Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers.
Sangari, Kumkum. 1990. "Mirabai and the Spiritual Economy of Bhakti." Economic
and Political Weekly (Bombay) 25, no.27 (Jul 7), 1464-1475.
Sangari, Kumkum. 1990. Mirabai and the Spiritual Economy of Bhakti. New Delhi:
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
Schelling, Andrew, trans. 1993. For Love of the Dark One: Songs of Mirabai.
Boston: Shambhala. Revised edition: Revised edition Hohm Press, 1998. ISBN: 093425284X
Bly, Robert / Hirshfield, Jane: (Versions of): Mirabai - Ecstatic Poems, Beacon Press
Revised: September 29, 2002