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Splitting the Difference Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India

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ISBN-10: 0226156419

ISBN-13: 9780226156415

Edition: 1999

Authors: Wendy Doniger

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Hindu and Greek mythologies teem with stories of women and men who are doubled. This text recounts and compares a range of these. The comparisons show that differences in gender are more significant than differences in culture.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 4/15/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.364
Language: English

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous books, including, most recently, The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was.

Acknowledgments
Prelude: Comparing Texts Comparing People
The Shadow Sita and the Phantom HelenSita 9
Helen 28
Interlude: Saranyu and the Sun and the Shadow
Comparison: Sita and Helen
Conclusion: Abuse and Flight
Indra and Ahalya, Zeus and AlemenaIndra as Guatama with Ahalya
Zeus as Amphitryon with Alcmena
Interlude: Pandora
Comparison: Ahalya and Alcmena
Conclusion: Did She Fall, or Was She Pushed?
Nala and Damayanti, Odysseus and PenelopeSukanya and the Ashvins
Nala and Damayanti
Damayanti and Nala
Penelope
Comparison: Damayanti and Penelope
Interlude: How to Tell a Human from a God
Conclusion: Why Prefer a Human to a God?
Mariatale
Renuka and Scylla
CharybdisMariatale
Renuka
Scylla/Charybdis
Interlude: Splitting Lucy
Comparison: Heads You Lose
Conclusion: Put a Bag over Her Head
Transposed Male Heads and TalesTransposed Male Heads
Splitting Male Androgynes
Interlude: Self-Impregnating Androgynes
Comparison: Victorians and Others
Conclusion: Mind and Body (and Soul)
Bisexual TransformationsMales into Females in India
Females into Males in India
Males into Females in Greece and Europe
Conclusion: Male and/or FemalePostlude: The Shadow of Gender
Notes
Bibliography
Index