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Gentlemen and Amazons : the Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900.

Author: Cynthia Eller
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2011.
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Gentlemen and Amazons traces the nineteenth-century genesis and development of an important contemporary myth about human origins: that of an original prehistoric matriarchy. Cynthia Eller explores the intellectual history of the myth, which arose from male scholars who mostly wanted to vindicate the patriarchal family model as a higher stage of human development. Eller tells the stories these men told, analyzes the  Read more...
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Eller, Cynthia.
Gentlemen and Amazons : The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2011
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Cynthia Eller
ISBN: 9780520948556 0520948556 1283291819 9781283291811 0520248597 9780520248595 0520266765 9780520266766 9786613291813 6613291811
OCLC Number: 756484686
Description: 1 online resource (291 pages)
Contents: Cover; Gentlemen and Amazons; Title; Copyright; For Teresa M. Shaw, my favorite historian; CONTENTS; ILLUSTRATIONS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; 1 The Travels and Travails of Matriarchal Myth; THE "MYTH" IN MATRIARCHAL MYTH; 2 Amazons Everywhere: Matriarchal Myth before Bachofen; THE ENDURING APPEAL OF THE AMAZON; EARLY ETHNOGRAPHY; DEVELOPING AN EVOLUTIONARY TIME LINE; MATRIARCHY AND THE SOCIALIST IMAGINATION; INFLUENCES ON BACHOFEN; 3 On the Launching Pad: J.J. Bachofen and 'Das Mutterrecht'; JOHANN JAKOB BACHOFEN, 1815-1878; THE CHRONOLOGY OF HUMAN HISTORY IN BACHOFEN'S DAS MUTTERRECHT. BACHOFEN AND THE INTERPRETATION OF MYTHPROGRESS AND NOSTALGIA: BACHOFEN ON WOMEN, RELIGION, HISTORY, AND GOVERNMENT; BACHOFEN'S LEGACY; 4 The Matriarchal Explosion: Anthropology Finds Mother Right (and Itself); HENRY SUMNER MAINE'S PATRIARCHAL THEORY; JOHN FERGUSON McLENNAN: THEORIST OF MARRIAGE AND CONNOISSEUR OF THE BIZARRE; MOVING BEYOND McLENNAN: SIR JOHN LUBBOCK'S MATRIARCHAL MYTH; SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: HERBERT SPENCER CHAMPIONS PATRIARCHY; REPORTING FROM THE FIELD:LEWIS HENRY MORGAN; WILLIAM ROBERTSON SMITH AND THE ARABIAN CASE; E.B. TYLOR AND THE ANTHROPOLOGICAL SEAL OF APPROVAL. 5 Making Matriarchal Myth Work:Communists and Feminists Discover the Mother AgeFRIEDRICH ENGELS AND THE ORIGIN OF THE FAMILY, PRIVATE PROPERTY, AND THE STATE; THE FIRST CHAPTER OF AUGUST BEBEL'S WOMAN AND SOCIALISM; FEMINISTS ON THE FIRST WAVE; 6 Mother Right on the Continent; ETHNOLOGY IN GERMANY; THE GERMAN SYNTHESIS: JULIUS LIPPERT'S VERSION OF MATRIARCHAL MYTH; SEX, MARRIAGE, AND DARWIN; PROPERTY AND LAW, WOMEN AND MEN; MOTHER R IGHT AND THE ETERNAL FEMININE; THE ARYAN MOTHER; LATE ENTRANTS TO THE MATRIARCHAL DEBATE; 7 Struggling to Stay Alive: Anthropology and Matriarchal Myth. THE SOCIALIST DEFECTION FROM MATRIARCHAL MYTHTHE MARGINALIZATION OF MATRIARCHAL MYTH IN ANTHROPOLOGY; FIELDWORK AS THE NEW ANTHROPOLOGICAL IMPERATIVE; THE IMPACT OF NEW ETHNOGRAPHY ON MATRIARCHAL MYTH; 8 Matriarchal Myth in the Late Nineteenth Century: Why Then? Why Not Before?; PRECONDITIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF MATRIARCHAL MYTH; THE PATRIARCHAL FAMILY IN TROUBLE; NOTES; Bibliography; Index.

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