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Women of Babylon : gender and representation in Mesopotamia

Author: Zainab Bahrani
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Women's history and histories of the body and sexuality in antiquity can be written for much earlier civilisations than those of ancient Greece and Rome. Women of Babylon investigates the representation of women and the concepts of femininity and sex that prevailed in ancient Mesopotamia, providing the first book-length study of its kind on an ancient Near Eastern culture." "The work provides a useful overview of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Zainab Bahrani
ISBN: 0415218306 9780415218306 9780415619387 0415619386
OCLC Number: 45195628
Description: xii, 212 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: women of Babylon --
gender and representation in Mesopotamia --
Women/sex/ gender: women's history and the ancient Near East --
Envisioning difference: femininity and representation --
The metaphorics of the body: nudity, the goddess, and the Gaze --
That obscure object of desire: nudity, fetishism, and the female body --
Priestess and princess: patronage, portraiture, identity --
A woman's place: femininity in narrative art --
Ishtar: the embodiment of tropes --
Babylonian women in the Orientalist imagination.
Responsibility: Zaiab Bahrani.
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This is a much needed historical study into the concept of feminity in Assyro-Babylonian society. The author analyses how the ancient culture of Mesopotamia defined gender and sexuality through  Read more...

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