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Judith : sexual warrior, women and power in Western culture

Author: Margarita Stocker
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Old Testament story of the widow Judith - the irresistible siren who lured her people's deadly enemy, Holofernes, to his death, beheading him to save Jerusalem - is an enduring cultural myth in Western society. In this book, Margarita Stocker explores the Western fascination with the image of Judith and the abundance of interpretations that have surrounded her at different times from the early Middle Ages to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Judith, (Biblical figure); Judith, (Biblical figure); Judith.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margarita Stocker
ISBN: 0300073658 9780300073652
OCLC Number: 37836745
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 278 pages, 36 pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Beginning --
2. The Gorgeous Gorgon: Women and Power in the Myths of Judith --
3. Her Virtue Was Vice: Christian Allegory and the Selling of Sex --
4. Worshipping Women: The Battle of the Sexes in Reformation Europe --
5. The Monstrous Regiment of Judiths: Power and Gender in the Renaissance --
6. Hanging's Too Good for Her: Assassins, Tyrants and Executioners --
7. The Dark Angel: Romantic Criminals and Oriental Others --
8. Judy and Punch: Marriage and 'Fallen Women' --
9. Reader, I Murdered Him: Criminality and the Uncanny --
10. Framing the Femme Fatale: Sexology in the Fin de Siecle --
11. Judith's List: Identity and the Final Solution --
12. Woman with a Gun: Terrorism, Power and Paranoia --
13. Judith the Ripper: Feminists and Serial Killers.
Responsibility: Margarita Stocker.

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