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From the Margins of Hindu Marriage : Essays on Gender, Religion, and Culture - Lindsey Harlan

From the Margins of Hindu Marriage

Essays on Gender, Religion, and Culture

By: Lindsey Harlan (Editor), Paul B. Courtright (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 25th May 1995
ISBN: 9780195081176
Number Of Pages: 264

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Providing a unique and intimate view of Hindu marriage, the essays in this collection explore points at which the margins of marriage are traversed or transgressed. Rather than focus on normative expectations within marriage, they examine times in which norms are tested or rejected. Using stories, songs, and narrated accounts, the essays treat such topics as widowhood, adultery, levirate, divorce, and suttee, as well as the subversion of marriage by devotion to deities and by alternative constructions of conjugal duty and marital experience.

"The essays are substantial, illuminating and well-written, and as a whole, the book appears a milestone in the study of Indian marriage."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies "The essays are substantial, illuminating and well-written, and as a whole, the book appears a milestone in the study of Indian marriage."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies

Contributorsp. xi
Guide to Pronunciationp. xiii
Introduction: On Hindu Marriage and Its Marginsp. 3
"Crying When She's Born, and Crying When She Goes Away": Marriage and the Idiom of the Gift in Pahansu Song Performancep. 19
The Dilemmas of Domesticity: Possession and Devotional Experience Among Urban Smarta Womenp. 60
No Longer a Wife: Widows in Rural North Indiap. 92
The "Jungli Rani" and Other Troubled Wives in Rajasthani Oral Traditionsp. 119
The Effectiveness of the Hindu Sacrament (Samskara): Caste, Marriage, and Divorce in Bengali Culturep. 137
Begetting on Margin: Adultery and Surrogate Pseudomarriage in Hinduismp. 160
Sati, Sacrifice, and Marriage: The Modernity of Traditionp. 184
Abandoning Shame: Mira and the Margins of Marriagep. 204
Glossaryp. 228
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780195081176
ISBN-10: 019508117X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th May 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.48