qSomehow I woke up one day and found myself in bed with a stranger.q Meant literally or figuratively, this statement describes one of the best-known plots in world mythology and popular storytelling. In a tour that runs from Shakespeare to Hollywood and from Abraham Lincoln to Casanova, the erudite and irrepressible Wendy Doniger shows us the variety, danger, and allure of the qbedtrick, q or what it means to wake up with a stranger. The Bedtrick brings together hundreds of stories from all over the world, from the earliest recorded Hindu and Hebrew texts to the latest items in the Weekly World News, to show the hilariously convoluted sexual scrapes that people get into and out of. Here you will find wives who accidentally commit adultery with their own husbands. You will learn that in Hong Kong the film The Crying Game was retitled Oh No! My Girlfriend Has a Penis. And that President Clinton was not the first man to be identified by an idiosyncratic organ. Funny, sexy, and engaging, The Bedtrick is a masterful work of energetic storytelling and dazzling scholarship. Give it to your spouse and your lover. qDoniger seduces the reader with her casual erudition, tempering the dizzying accumulation of evidence with wry asides.qaEdward Rothstein, New York TimesThis theme also appears in the Kashmiri tale of the woman who cross-dressed as a merchant and forced two kissest on ... If we cross the double-cross-dress and the double-back-play, we get a story in which a husband and wife cross-dressanbsp;...
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