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Introduction

Loriliai Biernacki

in Renowned Goddess of Desire

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780195327823
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.003.0001
 Introduction

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The introduction to this book accomplishes several ends. First, the introduction presents an overview of the book and the issues that will be addressed in it. The introduction especially speaks to how we might understand how discourse, or “talk,” about women functions within medieval Tantric texts: how this talk confines and defines notions of women's subjectivity, and with this, women's ability, or not, to speak and, finally, the implication of women's bodies in their speech. Second, a preliminary introduction to the Sanskrit sources used for this study are offered here, with a brief discussion of the elements these texts have in common. Third, the introduction lays out the theoretical issues at stake in examining women's roles in Tantra. Particular attention is given to understanding the implications of this study for contemporary feminist theorizing of gender.

Keywords: discourse; gender theory; women's roles in Tantra; women's subjectivity

Chapter.  11302 words. 

Subjects: Hinduism

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