Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger

Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the Divinity School, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, Committee on Social Thought, the College, Office: Swift Hall 207
Phone: (773) 702-8239
Fax: (773) 702-8223
Email: don8@midway.uchicago.edu

Wendy Doniger's research and teaching interests revolve around two basic areas, Hinduism and mythology. Her courses in mythology address themes in cross-cultural expanses, such as death, dreams, evil, horses, sex, and women; her courses in Hinduism cover a broad spectrum that, in addition to mythology, considers literature, law, gender, and psychology.


M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard University)
D.Phil. (Oxford University)


As Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty, Penguin Classics

  • Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook, Translated from the Sanskrit
  • The Rig Veda: An Anthology, 108 Hymns Translated from the Sanskrit
  • The Laws of Manu (with Brian K. Smith)

University of Chicago Press

  • Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts
  • Dreams, Illusion, and Other Realities
  • Tales of Sex and Violence: Folklore, Sacrifice, and Danger in the Jaiminiya Brahmana
  • Other Peoples' Myths: The Cave of Echoes

As Wendy Doniger

  • Splitting the Difference: Gender and Myth in Ancient Greece and India
  • The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade
  • The Implied Spider: Politics and Theology in Myth
  • a new translation of the Kamasutra (with Sudhir Kakar)
  • The Woman Who Pretended to Be Who She Was
  • The Hindus: An Alternative History
  • Miscellaneous

    • Siva: The Erotic Ascetic
    • The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology

    In Progress

    • Faking It: Narratives of Circular Jewelry and Deceptive Women
    • a novel, Horses for Lovers, Dogs for Husbands
    • a memoir, The Late Rita Doniger

    On the Web

    Q&A with Wendy Doniger

    Transcript: Spring 2008 Convocation Address, "Thinking More Critically about Thinking Too Critically."

    Video: Wendy Doniger on "Stories in Motion: Narrative Dance in India"from Chicago Opera Theater.

    "Many Gods, Many Paths: Hinduism and Religious Diversity," Religion and Culture Web Forum, February 2006.

    "The Mythology of Self-Imitation in Passing: Race, Gender, and Politics," Religion and Culture Web Forum, December 2004.

    “Masquerading as One's Self: A Revealing Study of Self-Impersonation in Literature," Religion and Culture Web Forum, April 2003.