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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 Buddhist literature and practice. She also makes persuasive use of recent historical work on the religious lives of women in medieval Christianity, finding common ground in the role of miraculous afflictions. This lively and readable study brings provocative new tools and insights to the study of women in religious life.
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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: 0.836
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