Splitting the Difference Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India
- List Price: $81.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 05/01/1999
- ISBN: 9780226156408
- ISBN10: 0226156400
Myth, Doniger argues, responds to the complexities of the human condition by multiplying or splitting its characters into unequal parts, and these sloughed and cloven selves animate mythology's prodigious plots of sexuality and mortality. Doniger's comparisons show that ultimately differences in gender are more significant than differences in culture; Greek and Indian stories of doubled women resemble each other more than they do tales of doubled men in the same culture. In casting Hindu and Greek mythologies as shadows of each f other, Doniger shows that culture is sometimes but the shadow of gender.