Wendy Doniger

Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions in the Divinity School, Social Thought, and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and in the College.

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Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of History of Religions in the Divinity School, Social Thought, and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and in the College.

Wendy Doniger (O'Flaherty) was born in New York City, November 20, 1940. She first trained as a dancer under George Balanchine and Martha Graham and then went on to graduate from Radcliffe College, June 1962, summa cum laude, and to complete two doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian Studies (from Harvard and Oxford). Having taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and at the University of California at Berkeley, she has been a full professor in the Divinity School at the University of Chicago since 1978 and, since 1986, the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions. She is the author of translations of Sanskrit texts, including the Rig Veda [1981], the Laws of Manu [1991], and the Kamasutra [2002], as well as books about India (Siva: The Erotic Ascetic [1973], The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology [1976], and, most recently, Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India [1998]), about myth (Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes [1984] and The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth [1999]), sex (most recently, The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade [2000]), and love (The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was [2005]).

Selected Publications

  • Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva (1973);
  • Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, tr. (1975);
  • The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology (1976);
  • The Concept of Duty in South Asia, ed. with J.D.M. Derrett (1978);
  • Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions, ed. (1980);
  • Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts (1980);
  • The Rig Veda, an Anthology, tr. (1981);
  • "The Dream Narrative and the Indian Doctrine of Illusion," Daedalus (1982);
  • Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities (1985);
  • Tales of Sex and Violence: Folklore, Sacrifice, and Danger in the Jaiminiya Brahmana (1985);
  • Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes (1988);
  • em>Aeschylus, The Oresteia, tr. David Grene (1989);
  • Mythologies, ed. (1991); The Laws of Manu, tr. (1991);
  • The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth (1998);
  • Splitting the Difference: Gender & Myth in Ancient Greece and India (1999);
  • The Bedtrick: Tales of Sea and Masquerade (2000);
  • Kamasutra, tr. (2002);
  • The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was (2004)

Courses Taught

  • Homer: Odyssey
  • Mahabharata
  • Myths of Transvestism and Transsexuality
  • The Problem of Evil