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Charming Cadavers Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Indian Buddhist Hagiographic Literature

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ISBN-10: 0226900541

ISBN-13: 9780226900544

Edition: N/A

Authors: Liz Wilson, Catharine R. Stimpson

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In this highly original study of sexuality, desire, the body, and women, Liz Wilson investigates first-millennium Buddhist notions of spirituality. She argues that despite the marginal role women played in monastic life, they occupied a very conspicuous place in Buddhist hagiographic literature. In narratives used for the edification of Buddhist monks, women's bodies in decay (diseased, dying, and after death) served as a central object for meditation, inspiring spiritual growth through sexual abstention and repulsion in the immediate world. Taking up a set of universal concerns connected with the representation of women, Wilson displays the pervasiveness of androcentrism in…    
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Note on Terminology
Introduction
Celibacy and the Social World
"Like a Boil with Nine Openings": Buddhist Constructions of the Body and Their South Asian Milieu
False Advertising Exposed: Horrific Figurations of the Feminine in Pali Hagiography
Lead Us Now into Temptation: Countering Samsaric Duplicity with Dharmic Deceptions
Seeing Through the Gendered "I": The Nun's Story
Conclusion
The Post-Asokan Milieu
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index