The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade

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University of Chicago Press, 2022. 8. 22. - 576페이지
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"Somehow I woke up one day and found myself in bed with a stranger." Meant literally or figuratively, this statement describes one of the best-known plots in world mythology and popular storytelling. In a tour that runs from Shakespeare to Hollywood and from Abraham Lincoln to Casanova, the erudite and irrepressible Wendy Doniger shows us the variety, danger, and allure of the "bedtrick," or what it means to wake up with a stranger.

The Bedtrick brings together hundreds of stories from all over the world, from the earliest recorded Hindu and Hebrew texts to the latest item in the Weekly World News, to show the hilariously convoluted sexual scrapes that people manage to get themselves into and out of. Here you will find wives who accidentally commit adultery with their own husbands. You will read Lincoln's truly terrible poem about a bedtrick. You will learn that in Hong Kong the film The Crying Game was retitled Oh No! My Girlfriend Has a Penis. And that President Clinton was not the first man to be identified by an idiosyncratic organ.

At the bottom of these wonderful stories, ancient myths, and historical anecdotes lie the dynamics of sex and gender, power and identity. Why can't people tell the difference in the dark? Can love always tell the difference between one lover and another? And what kind of truth does sex tell? Funny, sexy, and engaging, The Bedtrick is a masterful work of energetic storytelling and dazzling scholarship. Give it to your spouse and your lover.

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Sex Text and Masquerade
1
How to Commit Adultery with Your Own Spouse
13
The Rape of the False Mother
69
Wahing Up in Bed with an Animal
105
The LovelyLoathly Lady
140
The Cuckolds of the Heart
205
Designated Hitters
237
Color Class and Clout
292
Incest
383
Real Sex and Fantastic Sex
412
Carnal Ignorance and Carnal Knowledge
475
Bedtricks in Stith Thompsons MotifIndex
493
Notes
497
Bibliography
535
Double Features Bedtricks and Related Plots on Film
567
Index and Glossary
577

CrossCultural CrossDressing
335

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Wendy Doniger is the Mircea Eliade Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School and a professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. Her most recent books are The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth and Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India, the latter published by the University of Chicago Press.

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