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Gendered Devitalisations : A Double Reading of the “ Vagina Dentata ” Motif in India

  title={Gendered Devitalisations : A Double Reading of the “ Vagina Dentata ” Motif in India},
  author={S. Kakar},
  • S. Kakar
  • Published 2018
  • The motif of the “Vagina Dentata” appears in various Hindu myths and tales belonging to Indic folklore, yet its iconic relevance extends beyond symbolic and religious fields and overlaps with the wider sphere of the discourses on gender and sexuality. Based upon this premise, the paper aims to illustrate the motif of the “toothed vagina” on two interconnected levels: on the first one, it offers a psychoanalytical codification of the symbol and of the violence connected with the removal of the… CONTINUE READING


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