Contestation and Compliance: Retrieving Womens Agency from Puranic Traditions by Jaya Tyagi

Contestation and Compliance: Retrieving Womens Agency from Puranic Traditions

byJaya Tyagi

Hardcover | November 27, 2014

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This book is a study of the shifts in historical context of ritual observances from Vedic to Puranic traditions. It looks into the representations of women in early textual traditions to explore how women's identities are not only established in ritual spaces but are also constantly reworkedand negotiated. It is in this context that this book attempts to "re-read" the Matsyamahapurana and through the study of vratas and myths, reconstruct the anxieties that theological traditions have with regard to women and women's responses to these anxieties. Patriarchal traditions have never remained frozen, they constantly reinvent themselves to deal with the negotiations and contestations that women make. It is these very traditions then, which, when read carefully, tell us about women and the challenges that they constantly put to theologicaltraditions. The book will revise our understanding of later Vedic and Puranic texts as well as provide a deeper understanding of the gender roles that evolved during this time period.

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Jaya Tyagi teaches in the Department of History in Sri Venkateswara College in the University of Delhi.

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Title:Contestation and Compliance: Retrieving Womens Agency from Puranic TraditionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:November 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199451826

ISBN - 13:9780199451821

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ForewordPrefaceNote on transliterationAbbreviationsIntroduction: Representations, Re-presentations, and Retrieval1. The Puranas as Repositaries of Ritual Observances2. Redefining Domesticity through Ritual Observances3. Contestation and Negotiation in Myths and Rituals in Myths4. Channelizing Feminine Energy through Representations of Goddess(es)Conclusion:The Social Consequences of 'Sacralizing' Women's Familial RolesAppendicesGlossaryBibliographyIndexAbout the Author