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The ring of truth and other myths of sex and jewelry / Wendy Doniger.

Doniger, Wendy
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About this work


In 'The Ring of Truth', Wendy Doniger expertly unfolds the cultural and historical significance of rings and other kinds of circular jewelry through timeless stories taken from mythology, religious traditions, and literature.


New York : Oxford University Press, [2017]

Physical description

xxi, 397 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm


Preface: My family jewels and other tall tales -- Introduction: The signifying ring -- Marriage rings (and adultery rings) -- The ring fished from the ocean -- Shakuntala and the ring of memory -- Rings of forgetfulness in medieval European romances -- Siegfried's ring and Wagner's ring -- Pregnant riddles and clever wives -- The rape of the clever wife -- The affair of the diamond necklace -- The slut assumption in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries -- Are diamonds a woman's best friend? -- Two conclusions, on money and myth.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-378) and index.


  • English

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