Jewels of Authority: Women and Textual Tradition in Hindu India

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The essays in this collection address the problem of Hindu women's relationship to authority, both within and without the textual traditions of Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, and English. The authors adopt a method of close textual and ethnographic reading, which results in some surprisingly new and subtle ways of interpreting older, more "classical" discourses, such as Veda and Mimamsa, as well as newer discourses, such as the RSS use of the Devimahatmya.
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The essays in this collection address the problem of Hindu women's relationship to authority, both within and without the textual traditions of Sanskrit, Tamil, Hindi, and English. The authors adopt a method of close textual and ethnographic reading, which results in some surprisingly new and subtle ways of interpreting older, more "classical" discourses, such as Veda and Mimamsa, as well as newer discourses, such as the RSS use of the Devimahatmya.
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"Laurie Patton has brought together a fascinating array of essays, a veritable collection of gems... The conscious decision to link textual traditions and ethnographic analysis makes this rich collection of interdisciplinary and multi-lingual scholarship, which takes the 'conversation', not only among North American scholars, much beyond the level of simple binary oppositions."--South Asia Research

"A well-conceived, well-executed, and judicious consideration of this extraordinary encounter of two worlds, and the ultimate, apparent triumph of Christianity."--Catholic Southwest

"The singular achievement of this collection--and it is truly groundbreaking--is its focus on quite specific intellectual, spiritual, and ritual contexts in order to examine the status of women in the history of Hinduism. . . . The book is unique in many ways. The scholars are all women, all are experts in Sanskrit or regional languages in India, all are trained in the most modern research methodologies, and all are theoretically astute, with penetrating feminist and critical analysis."--Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195134780
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction, Laurie L. Patton
Part II. Ancient Arguments
1. The Housemistress at the Door: Vedic and Buddhist Perspectives on the Mendicant Encounter, Ellison Banks Findly
2. Ritual Rights: The Gender Implications of Adhik-ara, Mary McGee
3. Mantras and Miscarriage: Controlling Birth in the Late Vedic Period, Laurie L. Patton
Part II. Classical Arguments
4. Giver or Given? Some Marriages in K-alid-asa, Stephanie W. Jamison
5. Om, the Vedas, and the Status of Women with Special Reference to 'Sr-ivaisnavism, Katherine K. Young
6. Casting Light on the Sounds of the Tamil Veda: Tirukk-on-eri D-asyai's "Garland of Words", Vasudha Narayanan
Part III. Reform and Contemporary Arguments
7. By What Authority? Hindu Women and the Legitimization of Reform in the Nineteenth Century, Nancy Auer Falk
8. Hindu Nationalist Women: On the Use of the Feminine Symbolic to (Temporarily) Displace Male Authority, Paola Bacchetta
9. Counterpoint Authority in Women's Ritual Expressions: A View from the Village, Ann Grodzins Gold
Afterword, Laurie L. Patton
Bibliography
Index

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