Jewels of Authority

Women and Textual Tradition in Hindu India

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  • 0195350642
  • 9780195134780
  • 9780195350647
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.
  • Oxford University Press; January 2002
  • ISBN: 9780195350647
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  • Title: Jewels of Authority
  • Author: Laurie Patton (ed.)
  • Imprint: Oxford University Press
Subject categories
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  • 0195350642
  • 9780195134780
  • 9780195350647

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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