Women at the Beginning Origin Myths from the Amazons to the Virgin Mary

ISBN-10: 0691124094

ISBN-13: 9780691124094

Edition: 2006

Authors: Patrick J. Geary
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Description: In these four artfully crafted essays, Patrick Geary explores the way ancient and medieval authors wrote about women. Geary describes the often marginal role women played in origin legends from antiquity until the twelfth century. Not confining himself to one religious tradition or region, he probes the tensions between women in biblical, classical, and medieval myths (such as Eve, Mary, Amazons, princesses, and countesses), and actual women in ancient and medieval societies. Using these legends as a lens through which to study patriarchal societies, Geary chooses moments and texts that illustrate how ancient authors (all of whom were male) confronted the place of women in their society. Unlike other books on the subject,Women at the Beginningattempts to understand not only the place of women in these legends, but also the ideologies of the men who wrote about them. The book concludes that the authors of these stories were themselves struggling with ambivalence about women in their own worlds and that this struggle manifested itself in their writings.

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/19/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 136
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Women and Origins in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Writing Women Out: Amazons and Barbarians
A Tale of Two Judiths
Writing Women In: Sacred Genealogy and Gender
EPilogue: Women at the End
Notes
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index
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