Jewels of Authority: Women and Textual Tradition in Hindu India

Hardcover | January 15, 2002

EditorLaurie Patton

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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 andsubtle 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 andsubtle ways of interpreting older, more "cla...

Laurie Patton is at Emory University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 6.3 × 9.02 × 1.1 inPublished:January 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAbbreviationsLaurie L. Patton: IntroductionPart II. Ancient Arguments1. Ellison Banks Findly: The Housemistress at the Door: Vedic and Buddhist Perspectives on the Mendicant Encounter2. Mary McGee: Ritual Rights: The Gender Implications of Adhikara3. Laurie L. Patton: Mantras and Miscarriage: Controlling Birth in the Late Vedic PeriodPart II. Classical Arguments4. Stephanie W. Jamison: Giver or Given? Some Marriages in Kalidasa5. Katherine K. Young: Om, the Vedas, and the Status of Women with Special Reference to Srivaisnavism6. Vasudha Narayanan: Casting Light on the Sounds of the Tamil Veda: Tirukkoneri Dasyai's "Garland of Words"Part III. Reform and Contemporary Arguments7. Nancy Auer Falk: By What Authority? Hindu Women and the Legitimization of Reform in the Nineteenth Century8. Paola Bacchetta: Hindu Nationalist Women: On the Use of the Feminine Symbolic to (Temporarily) Displace Male Authority9. Ann Grodzins Gold: Counterpoint Authority in Women's Ritual Expressions: A View from the VillageLaurie L. Patton: AfterwordBibliographyIndex

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"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, allare 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