Synopses & Reviews
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
"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
About the Author
Paul B. Courtright
is Professor of Religion at Emory University.
Lindsey Harlan is Professor of Religion at Connecticut College.