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Renowned Goddess of DesireWomen, Sex, and Speech in Tantra$
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Loriliai Biernacki

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327823.001.0001

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The Goddess on the Blue Hill of Kāmākhyā

(p.3) Introduction
Renowned Goddess of Desire

Loriliai Biernacki (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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

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