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THE RING OF TRUTH: AND OTHER MYTHS OF SEX AND JEWELRY. Wendy Doniger. Oxford University Press, 2017. 416 pp. ISBN 9780190267117 In English.
Due date: May 2017. Publisher's description: Why are sex and jewelry, particularly rings, so often connected? Why do rings keep getting into stories about marriage and adultery, love and betrayal, loss and recovery, identity and masquerade? What is the mythology that makes finger rings symbols of true (or, as the case may be, untrue) love? The cross-cultural distribution of the mythology of sexual rings is impressive -- from ancient India and Greece through the Arab world to Shakespeare, Marie Antoinette, Wagner, nineteenth-century novels, Hollywood, and the De Beers advertising campaign that gave us the expression, "Diamonds Are Forever." Each chapter of The Ring of Truth, like a separate charm on a charm bracelet, considers a different constellation of stories: stories about rings lost and found in fish; forgetful husbands and clever wives; treacherous royal necklaces; fake jewelry and real women; modern women's revolt against the hegemony of jewelry; and the clash between common sense and conventional narratives about rings.
Indexing: Unspecified
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 175308
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