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Unreliable Witnesses Religion, Gender, and History in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean

by Ross Shepard Kraemer

Unreliable Witnesses Religion, Gender, and History in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean Synopsis

Ross Shepard Kraemer shows how her mind has changed or remained the same since the publication of her ground-breaking work almost 20 years ago. Kraemer analyzes how gender provides the historically obfuscating substructure of diverse texts. While attentive to arguments that women are largely fictive proxies in elite male contestations over masculinity, authority and power, Kraemer retains her focus on redescribing and explaining women's religious practices. She argues that gender-specific or not, religious practices in the ancient Mediterranean routinely encoded and affirmed ideas about gender. As in many cultures, women's devotion to the divine was both acceptable and encouraged only so long as it conformed to pervasive constructions of femininity as passive, embodied, emotive, insufficiently controlled and subordinated to masculinity. Extending her findings beyond the ancient Mediterranean, Kraemer proposes that more generally, religion is among the many human social practices that are both gendered and gendering, constructing and inscribing gender on human beings and on human actions and ideas. Her study thus poses significant questions about the relationships between religions and gender in the modern world.

Unreliable Witnesses Religion, Gender, and History in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean Press Reviews

This is stimulating, enjoyable book ... Kraemer is a fine scholar, delightfully readable and her histories of historiography will be particularly illuminating to students. * Times Literary Supplement *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780199743186
Publication date: 27th January 2011
Author: Ross Shepard Kraemer
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 344 pages
Categories: Ancient religions & mythologies, History of religion, Gender studies, gender groups,

About Ross Shepard Kraemer

Professor of Religious Studies and Judaic Studies, Brown University

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