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The Implied Spider Paperback – November 5, 1999
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A timely meditation on what comparative studies might mean.... The Implied Spider wrestles with the problems of carrying out the kind of study represented by Splitting the Difference―a cross-cultural comparison of different stories from different areas of the world, different tribes, different languages.(Margaret Anne Doody London Review of Books)
This is a racy, enjoyable book.... Deriving from Plato an understanding of myth as both truth and lie, Wendy Doniger brings to her study a wealth of story and folklore from many different traditions, exploring creatively the enduring role of myth through time and across cultures.(Alwyn Marriage Theological Book Review)
An entertaining and highly accessible look at how myths reveal what is common to all humanity.(Parabola)
In these creative, often dazzling displays of erudition and insight, Wendy Doniger gives a ceaselessly engaged and always subject-filled view of myth. Another gem in the string of gems that mark Doniger's scholarly productivity.(Bruce Lawrence, Duke University)
A book that is particularly worthy of the attention of readers in religious studies beyond the history of religions. Since it is Doniger's most methodological book, The Implied Spider is important, not for its analysis of myths, but for the arguments that it makes in support of the comparative study of myths.(Religious Studies Review)
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For someone like me, who came across this book while writing a thesis on mythology and theology, it was a great fit. Doniger graduauted from the University of Chicago, where she studied under the theologian David Tracy, who was himself influenced by the philosopher Paul Ricouer. Doniger is not quite "postmodern," but she is very centered on the idea of "text," reader-response, and the consequences of myths. In order to avoid oppression and sexism, it is vital to step back and reconsider our cultural myths. We can accomplish this perspective by looking at how other myths operate in other cultures, and see if our myths operate in a similar manner in our own culture.
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One of the most important books in my library. This book explains EVERYTHING. Is there a God (god) (goddess)? Or do we simply make it all up?Published on September 11, 2013 by Elizabeth Dorsey
I am interested in myths because of my personal experience of them; they are rich in personal meaning. Read morePublished on January 6, 2007 by Amazon Customer