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Maithil Women's Tales: Storytelling on the Nepal-India Border

Coralynn V. Davis


Constrained by traditions restricting their movements and speech, the Maithil women of Nepal and India have long explored individual and collective life experiences by sharing stories with one another. Sometimes fantastical, sometimes including a kind of magical realism, these tales allow women to build community through a deeply personal and always evolving storytelling form. This book examines how these storytellers weave together their own life experiences—the hardships and the pleasures—with age-old themes. In so doing, the book demonstrates, they harness folk traditions to grapple persona ... More

Keywords: Maithil women, Nepal, India, folk traditions, social values, behavioral mores, relationships, Maithil storytellers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038426
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038426.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Coralynn V. Davis, author
Bucknell University