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Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West, 300-900 (Hardback)
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Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West, 300-900 (Hardback)

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Hardback 346 Pages / Published: 11/11/2004
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Gender analysis is one of the most probing ways to understand both power and cultural strategies in pre-industrial societies. In this book, sixteen scholars on the cutting edges of their disciplines explore the ideas and expressions of gender that characterised the centuries from c.300 to 900 in milieux ranging from York to Baghdad, via Rome and Constantinople. Deploying a variety of disciplines and perspectives, they draw on the evidence of material culture as well as texts to demonstrate the wide range of gender identities that informed the social, political and imaginary worlds of these centuries. The essays make clear that the fixed point in the gender systems of the period was constituted by the hegemonic masculinity of the ruling elite, marginalised groups often invisible as historical subjects in their own right were omnipresent in, and critical to, the gendered discourses which buttressed assertions of power.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521813471
Number of pages: 346
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 24 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... 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
"The collection...examines a variety of issues regarding gender in history, literary representation, and archeology for early Byzantium, the Abbasid Empire, the Carolingian Empire and Anglo-Saxon England...Because many of the same themes are represented in two or more of the articles within the book, the collection comes across as a model of careful selection and coherence; very few article collections are so well integrated and balanced...Thus, archeologists and art historians as well as scholars of literature and history should find Gender in the Early Middle Ages an important contribution to their fields." -Alexandra Cuffel, Macalester College
"This book should be bought by all researchers itnerested in adding a gendered approach to their examinations of the Early Middle Ages (scholars on medieval ethnicity will find a lot to think about), as well as by all universities teaching undergraduate units on the Early Middle Ages." -Elizabeth Freeman, University of Tasmania
"...many of the fine articles offer fresh appraocehs to well-defined historical problems. The authors use case studies to deconstruct the presentation of gender in the primary source material and, at the same time, to destabilize misleading assumptions of modern historiography." -Lisa M. Bitel, University of Southern California
"The respective contributions are provocative and meaty, presenting a unity of interest unusual among such collections...The volume's contents are remarkable for the geographical extent of their material...Gender in the Early Middle Ages...is important reading for scholars of gender and medieval studies while its reconsideration of the legacy of antiquity makes it essential as well for readers interested in classical civilizations." -Carol Neel, Colorado College, Journal of Medieval Studies

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