Cursing Kṛṣṇa : gender, theodicy, and time in the Mahābhārata

dc.contributor.advisorBrereton, Joel P., 1948-
dc.contributor.committeeMemberFreiberger, Oliver
dc.creatorWilson, Jeff Scott
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-2886-5690
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-14T15:50:35Z
dc.date.available2016-10-14T15:50:35Z
dc.date.issued2016-05
dc.date.submittedMay 2016
dc.date.updated2016-10-14T15:50:35Z
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I will discuss the doctrines of theodicy and time in the Mahābhārata, with particular attention to the concept of gender in the epic milieu. I argue that the parallel narratives of Draupadī and Gāndhārī play a central role in establishing what Emily T. Hudson refers to as “the aesthetics of suffering.” Draupadī and Gāndhārī’s respective arguments against Kṛṣṇa, especially, raise a number of crucial theodicean questions that ultimately contribute to the overall argument of the text in regards to the necessity of detachment (vairāgya) and the ravages of Time (kāla). As such, this paper endeavors to provide a reading of the text that contextualizes Draupadī and Gāndhārī’s theodicean arguments in terms of Kṛṣṇa’s identification with the epic’s concept of Time, the interplay of gender and ethics that inform these arguments, and finally, a possible answer to these arguments that incorporates the above insights. In the end, I hope to provide a fitting testament to both the moral and theological depth of the epic as a whole.
dc.description.departmentAsian Studies
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifierdoi:10.15781/T22R3NZ57
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2152/41654
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectSanskrit
dc.subjectEpic
dc.subjectTheodicy
dc.subjectHinduism
dc.subjectKrishna
dc.subjectMahābhārata
dc.subjectTime
dc.subjectEthics
dc.titleCursing Kṛṣṇa : gender, theodicy, and time in the Mahābhārata
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentAsian Studies
thesis.degree.disciplineAsian cultures and languages
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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