Gender in the Early Medieval World

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November 2004



Using gender analysis to study power and culture between c. 300 and 900, this study examines the women, men and eunuchs who lived in the late Roman, Byzantine, Islamic and western European civilizations. It assesses the ways in which gender identity was established and manifested in written and material cultural forms, emphasizing the integral relationship between the masculine and feminine by exploring costume, attitudes to the body, social and political institutions and a wide range of literary genres.


1. Introduction Julia M. H. Smith; Part I. Gender in Late antique, Byzantine and Islamic Societies: 2. Gender and ethnicity in the early middle ages Walter Pohl; 3. Clothes maketh the man: power dressing and elite masculinity in the later roman world Mary Harlow; 4. Social transformation, gender transformation: the court eunuch, 300-900 Shaun Tougher; 5. Sex, lies and textuality: the secret history of Prokopios and the rhetoric of gender in sixth-century Byzantium Leslie Brubaker; 6. Romance and reality in the Byzantine brideshows Martha Vinson; 7. Men, women and slaves in Abbasid society Julia Bray; 8. Gender and politics in the harem of al-Muqtadir Nadia Maria El Cheikh; Part II. Gender in Germanic Studies: 9. Dressing conservatively: women's brooches as markers of ethnic identity? Bonnie Effros; 10. Gendering courts in the early medieval west Janet L. Nelson; 11. Men, women and liturgical practice in the early medieval west Gisela Muschiol; 12. Gender and the patronage of culture in Merovingian Gaul Yitzhak Hen; 13. Genealogy defined by women: the case of the Pippinids Ian Wood; 14. Brideshows revisited: praise, slander and exegesis in the reign of the Empress Judith Mayke de Jong; 15. 'What is the word if not semen?' Priestly bodies in Carolingian exegesis Lynda Coon; 16. Negotiating gender, family and status in Anglo-Saxon burial practices, c.600-950 Dawn Hadley; Index.


Leslie Brubaker is Reader in Byzantine Art History at the Centre for Byzantine Studies and Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity in the University of Birmingham. Her many publications on Byzantine culture include Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era: The Sources (2001). Julia M. H. Smith is Reader in Mediaeval History at the University of St Andrews. She has published extensively on early medieval history and her books include Province and Empire: Brittany and the Carolingians (Cambridge University Press, 1992) and EARLY Medieval Rome and the Christian West (editor, 2000).


'... a model of careful selection and coherence; very few article collections are so well integrated and balanced.' Alexandra Cuffel, Macalester College 'Gender in the Early Medieval World brings together a collection of sixteen essays that place gender at the centre of discussions about politics, economics, religious practices, family and life rituals, in addition to more obvious gender questions about individual identity. This list shows the collection engages with a wide range of topics, but more than that, it indicates the editors' convincing view that gender is not just about sexual identity. This collection of essays convincingly shows that the field of gender studies is a fruitful one.' The German History Society
EAN: 9780521013277
ISBN: 0521013275
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2004
Format: kartoniert
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