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Gender : Antiquity and Its Legacy

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ISBN13:

9780195380835

ISBN10:
0195380835
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
9/3/2012
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press, USA

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Summary

Gender has now become a pervasive topic in the humanities and social sciences. Yet despite its familiarity within universities and colleges, some have argued that the radical debates which first characterized gender studies have become ghettoized or marginalized --so that gender no longer makes the impact on creative thinking and ideas that it once did. Brooke Holmes here rescues ancient ideas about sex and gender in order precisely to reinvigorate contemporary debate. She argues that much writing on gender in the classical age fails to place those ancient ideas within their proper historical contexts. As a result, the full transformational force of that thinking is often overlooked. In this short, lively book, Holmes offers a sophisticated and historically rounded reading of gender in antiquity in order to map out the future of contemporary gender studies. By re-examining ancient notions of sexual difference, bodies, culture, and identity, Holmes shows that Plato, Aristotle, the Stoics, Epicureans and others force us to reassess what is at stake in present-day discussions about gender. The ancient world thus offers a vital resource for modern gender theory.

Author Biography


Brooke Holmes is Assistant Professor of Classics at Princeton University. Her first book, The Symptom and the Subject: The Emergence of the Body in Ancient Greece, was published
in 2009. She has also written on Lucretius, the Iliad, Euripides' Heracles, Plato, Aelius Aristides' Sacred Tales and the reception of Epicureanism.


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