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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)

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Published: 25th May 1995
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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.

"A carefully selected collection of articles that challenges oversimplified accounts of the roles of Hindu women that are drawn from traditional texts alone, introducing us instead, to the lived experiences of real women whose mechanisms for coping are as complex as Indian society itself."--Judith G. Martin, University of Dayton "This is a rich volume.... Each essay is solid and very readable."--The Journal of Asian Studies "A carefully selected collection of articles that challenges oversimplified accounts of the roles of Hindu women that are drawn from traditional texts alone, introducing us instead, to the lived experiences of real women whose mechanisms for coping are as complex as Indian society itself."--Judith G. Martin, University of Dayton "This is a rich volume.... Each essay is solid and very readable."--The Journal of Asian 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: 9780195081183
ISBN-10: 0195081188
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 25th May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.05 x 16.31  x 1.68
Weight (kg): 0.36