The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth (American Lectures on the History of Religions)

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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.

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Finding in the world's myths―its sacred stories―a way to talk about experiences shared across time and space, Doniger champions the cause of comparative mythology as she expertly taps a wealth of traditions―from the Hebrew Bible to the Bhagavad Gita.

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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 Other Realities; Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes, and The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade.

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