Presidential Lecture Series
Wendy Doniger
Stanford Humanities Center



 Selected Books by Wendy Doniger

§ indicates books on reserve
in the Lane Reading Room, second floor, Green Library

(Please note that at various stages of her career, Doniger has published under two names: Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, and Wendy Doniger. Accordingly, books are arranged below under name of publication.)


Interpretive Works:
under the name of Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty:

§ Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes. New York: Macmillan, 1988.

§ Tales of Sex and Violence: Folklore, Sacrifice, and Danger in the Jaiminiya Brahmana. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985.

§ Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984.

§ Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1980.

§ The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology. Berkeley: University of California, 1976.

§ Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Śiva. Oxford University Press, 1973; OUP India, 1975; paperback Galaxy, New York, retitled: Śiva: The Erotic Ascetic, 1981.



under the name of Wendy Doniger:

Holocaust, terreur en galgenhumor. [Huizinga-lezing 2001]. Amsterdam/Rotterdam: Prometheus/NRC Handelsblad, 2001. 55 pp. [Dutch]

§ The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

§ Carnal Knowledge. Berkeley, CA : Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities, 2000.

Der Mann, der mit seiner eigenen Frau Ehebruch beging. Mit einem Kommentar von Lorraine Daston. Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1999. 150 pp.

§ Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India. Chicago and London: University of London Press and University of Chicago Press, 1999.

§ The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.

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under the name of Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty:


(with David Grene). Oresteia. A New Translation for the Court Theatre Production of 1986. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

§ Textual Sources for the Study of Hinduism. Manchester: Manchester University Press; 1988.

(with David Grene) Antigone (Sophocles). A new translation for the Court Theatre, Chicago, production of February, 1983.

The Rig Veda: An Anthology, 108 Hymns Translated from the Sanskrit. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1981.

§ Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, translated from the Sanskrit. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1975.

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under the name of Wendy Doniger:


Kamasutra. Abridged by Wendy Doniger. Philadelphia and London: Running Press, 2003.

§ The Kamasutra of Vatsyayana. A new translation, introduction, and commentary. With Sudhir Kakar. London and New York: Oxford World Classics, 2002.

The Laws of Manu. A new translation, with Brian K. Smith, of the Manavadharmasastra. Harmondsworth: Penguin Classics, 1991.

Mythologies. A restructured translation of Yves Bonnefoy's Dictionnaire des Mythologies, prepared under the direction of Wendy Doniger (Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1991). 2 vols., c. 1,500 pp. Reissued in four separate volumes in paperback, 1993: Greek and Egyptian Mythologies; Roman and European Mythologies; Asian Mythologies; and American, African, and Old European Mythologies.



Edited Volumes
under the name of Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty:

§ The Concept of Duty in South Asia. Edited (with J. D. M. Derrett), with an introduction (pp. xiii-xix) and an essay ("The clash between relative and absolute duty: the dharma of demons," pp. 96-106) by W. D. O'Flaherty. (London: School of Oriental and African Studies; Delhi: Vikas Publishing Company; Columbia, Missouri: South Asia Books, 1978). 240 pp.

§ The Critical Study of Sacred Texts. Edited, with an introduction (pp. ix-xiii). (Berkeley: Graduate Theological Union, Religious Studies Series, 1979). 290 pp.

§ Karma and Rebirth in Classical Indian Traditions. Edited, with an introduction (pp. i-xv) and an essay ("Karma and rebirth in the Vedas and Puranas," pp. 1-39). (Berkeley: University of California Press; Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1980). 340 pp. Reprinted, Banarsidass, 1999.

§ Elephanta, the Cave of Śiva. Photographs by Carmel Berkson, text by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Carmel Berkson, and George Michell (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983; New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1987). Introduction (pp. xi-xiii) and an essay ("The myths depicted at Elephanta," pp. 27-39) by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty.

Religion and Change. Special issue to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the American Association for the Study of Religion, and in honor of Joseph M. Kitagawa. Edited by Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty. History of Religions 25:4 (May, 1986).



under the name of Wendy Doniger:


Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions. Chief Consulting Editor. Springfield, Mass: Merriam Webster, 1999.

§ Myth and Method. Ed., with Laurie Patton. Virginia: University of Virginia Press, 1996.

Off with Her Head! The Denial of Women's Identity in Myth, Religion, and Culture. Ed., with Howard Eilberg-Schwartz. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995.

§ Purana Perennis: Reciprocity and Transformation in Hindu and Jaina Texts. Essays by David Shulman, V. Narayana Rao, A. K. Ramanujan, Friedhelm Hardy, John Cort, Padmanabh Jaini, Laurie Patton, and Wendy Doniger. Edited by Wendy Doniger. (SUNY Press, 1993). 331 pp.


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CD Lecture Series

The Essential Kamasutra. 2 cd-set, and 5 cd-set.
Boulder, Colorado: Sounds True, 2003.

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