The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth by Wendy Doniger

The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth

byWendy Doniger

Kobo ebook | December 15, 2010

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Wendy Doniger's foundational study is both modern in its engagement with a diverse range of religions and refreshingly classic in its transhistorical, cross-cultural approach. By responsibly analyzing patterns and themes across context, Doniger reinvigorates the comparative reading of religion, tapping into a wealth of narrative traditions, from the instructive tales of Judaism and Christianity to the moral lessons of the Bhagavad Gita. She extracts political meaning from a variety of texts while respecting the original ideas of each. A new preface confronts the difficulty of contextualizing the comparison of religions as well as controversies over choosing subjects and positioning arguments, and the text itself is expanded and updated throughout.

Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. She is also a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and a member of the university's Committee on Social Thought. Her books include Dreams, Illusion, and ...
Title:The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in MythFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:023152711X

ISBN - 13:9780231527118


Table of Contents

Preface to the Updated Edition: Context and History
Introduction: Myth and Metaphor
1. Microscopes and Telescopes
2. Dark Cats, Barking Dogs, Chariots, and Knives
3. Implied Spiders and the Politics of Individualism
4. Micromyths, Macromyths, and Multivocality
5. Mother Goose and the Voices of Women
6. Textual Pluralism and Academic Pluralism

Editorial Reviews

Sparkling with erudite and often entertaining intertextual references, The Implied Spider is an impressive web delicately constructed of deft analysis together with a sustained argument about the myth's ability to convey and conjure the theological and the political. With its challenges to literary theorists, historians, and ethnographers, it takes various bulls by their respective horns. It will doubtless delight and surely provoke readers, whatever their ilk.