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Implied Spider Politics and Theology in Myth

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ISBN-10: 0231156421

ISBN-13: 9780231156424

Edition: 2011 (Revised)

Authors: Wendy Doniger

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Wendy Doniger's perennially-selling study is both modern in its engagement with a diverse range of religions and refreshingly classic in its transhistorical, cross-cultural approach. Doniger reinvigorates the comparative reading of religion through a responsible analysis of patterns and themes across context. Her work is a powerful antidote to the paralysis of postcolonial theory, which rightfully condemns the reduction of religious practice to simple universals. Tapping into a wealth of narrative traditions, from the instructive tales of Judaism and Christianity to the moral lessons of the Bhagavad Gita, Doniger extracts political meaning from a variety of texts while respecting the original ideas of each. Her new preface confronts the difficulty of research in this area, addressing the controversy of choosing subjects and positioning one's argument. The text itself is updated throughout.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
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.

Preface to the Updated Edition: Context and History
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Myth and Metaphor
Microscopes and Telescopes
Myths as Textual Lenses
Scholarly Lenses on Myths
Myths as Theological Lenses in Job and the Bhagavata Purana
Myths as Political Lenses
Myths as Human Lenses
Dark Cats, Barking Dogs, Chariots, and Knives
The Difference of Dark Cats
The Dog That Doesn't Bark
The Same Old Story
The Context
The Whole and the Parts: Chariots and Knives
Implied Spiders and the Politics of Individualism
Universalist Problems
Cross-Cultural Solutions
The Implied Spider
The Postcolonial and Postmodern Critique of Comparison
The Art and Science of Mythology
Micromyths, Macromyths, and Multivocality
The Myth with No Point of View
Many Voices
Micromyths and Macromyths
The Myth with Points of View
Inverted Political Versions
Inverted Political Readings of Contemporary Mythic Texts
Mother Goose and the Voices of Women
Old Wives' Tales
Women's Points of View
Men's Voices in Women's Texts
Women's Voices in Men's Texts
Androgynous Language
Salvaging Women's Voices
Textual Pluralism and Academic Pluralism
The Archetype
Diffusion and Survival
The Foul Rag and Bones Shop of the Heart
Jumping off the Bricolage Bus
The Greening of Claude L�vi-Strauss
Seventy Different Interpretations
The Multiversity
Walking the Tightrope
Notes
Bibliography
Index