The Jungian Psychoanalytic Association, New York
The 2010 Philip T. Zabriskie Lecture
Wendy Doniger, Ph.D.
Friday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m.
Rosenthal Pavilion, Kimmel Center
New York University
60 Washington Square South New York, New York
Why are sex and jewelry so often connected? More precisely, what is it that connects an anxiety about the authenticity of fake jewelry with an anxiety about the authenticity of fake women? Answers are suggested by such diverse sources as Tamar in the Hebrew Bible, Helena from All’s Well that Ends Well, Shakuntala of ancient India, Bishop Mungo of Glasgow, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham, Doris Day, and Sigmund Freud.
Wendy Doniger (O’Flaherty), the speaker for the fourth annual Philip T. Zabriskie Lecturer, is one of the most accomplished and eclectic scholars in the humanities today. She is the Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions at the University of Chicago. She holds doctorates in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard and Oxford, six honorary degrees, and numerous medals and awards, including a PEN literary award for excellence in multi-cultural literature, a prize from the British Academy (for the best book about English literature written by a woman), and an American Academy of Religion Award for her contributions to the understanding of religion. Professor Doniger has taught at Harvard, Oxford, the University of London, and the University of California at Berkeley. She has been President of the American Academy of Religion. Her many books include translations (Hindu Myths; The Rig Veda; The Laws of Manu, (The Kamasutra) and works of interpretation: Siva: The Erotic Ascetic; The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology; Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts; Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities; Tales of Sex and Violence; Other Peoples’ Myths; Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece; The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade; The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth; The Woman Who Pretended To Be Who She Was; and The Hindus: An Alternative History. In press is Hinduism, for the Norton Anthology of World Religions (2011). In progress is Rings and Ringers: The Masquerades of Circular Jewelry; a novel, Horses for Lovers, Dogs for Husbands; a memoir, The Late Rita Doniger.