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Dying to be men : gender and language in early Christian martyr texts

Author: L Stephanie Cobb
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2008] ©2008
Series: Gender, theory, and religion.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Imbuing female martyrs with the same strengths as their male counterparts served a vital function in Christian communities. Faced with the possibility of persecution, Christians sought to inspire both men and women to be braver than pagan and Jewish men. Yet within the community itself, traditional gender roles had to be maintained, and despite the call to be manly, Christian women were expected to remain womanly  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Early works to 1800
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Cobb, L. Stephanie.
Dying to be men.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008
(DLC) 2008005088
(OCoLC)192048071
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: L Stephanie Cobb
ISBN: 023151820X 9780231518208
OCLC Number: 808126253
Language Note: In English.
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 208 pages).
Contents: Introduction: constructing identity through cultural appropriation --
What is a Christian? Constructing a Christian identity --
Noble athletes: gladiatorial, athletic, and martial imagery in the martyr acts --
Be a man: narrative tools of masculinization in early Christian martyr acts --
Putting women in their place: masculinizing and feminizing the female martyr --
Conclusion: gender and language in early Christian martyr texts.
Series Title: Gender, theory, and religion.
Responsibility: L. Stephanie Cobb.
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"Imbuing female martyrs with the same strengths as their male counterparts served a vital function in Christian communities. Faced with the possibility of persecution, Christians sought to inspire both men and women to be braver than pagan and Jewish men. Yet within the community itself, traditional gender roles had to be maintained, and despite the call to be manly, Christian women were expected to remain womanly in relation to the men of their faith. Complicating our understanding of the social freedoms enjoyed by early Christian women, Cobb's investigation reveals the dual function of gendered language in martyr texts and its importance in laying claim to social power."--Jacket.

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