Selected Works (in chronological order)
On how Buddhist narratives of pregnancy deconstruct the traditional feminine and open a space for female renunciation.
An Imperfect Alliance: Feminism and Contemporary Female Buddhist Monasticisms (2018) – Amy Langenberg
female monastics lead agentive, creative, and sometimes rebellious female lives that in subtle and not so subtle ways resist the label ‘feminist’
On Reading Buddhist Vinaya: Feminist History, Hermeneutics, and Translating Women’s Bodies (2020) – Amy Langenberg
Love, Unknowing, and Female Filth: The Buddhist Discourse of Birth as a Vector of Social Change for Monastic Women in Premodern South Asia (2021) – Amy Langenberg
the Buddhist tale of the impure, disgusting, and violent female body and the suffering of the fetus within the womb, so seemingly negative toward women, in fact operated discursively and affectively to support premodern female Buddhist monasticism by helping to generate a moral-social imaginary in which female fertility and sexuality cannot be the highest good of womanhood.