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- DescriptionThis book offers a fresh approach to some of the most studied documents relating to Christian female asceticism in the Roman era. Focusing on the letters of advice to the women of the ble Anicia family, Kate Wilkinson argues that conventional descriptions of feminine modesty can reveal spaces of agency and self-formation in early Christian women's lives. She uses comparative data from contemporary ethgraphic studies of Muslim, Hindu, and indigeus Pakistani women to draw out the possibilities inherent in codes of modesty. Her analysis also draws on performance studies for close readings of Ambrose, Augustine, Jerome and Pelagius. The book begins by locating itself within the complex terrain of feminist historiography, and then addresses three main modes of modest behavior - dress, domesticity and silence. Finally, it addresses the theme of false modesty and explores women's agency in light of Augustinian and Pelagian conceptions of choice.
- Author BiographyKate Wilkinson is an Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Towson University and director of the graduate program in Women's and Gender Studies. Her research combines interests in early Christian asceticism, social history and theology with feminist theory and feminist ethnography.
- Author(s)Kate Wilkinson
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication30/03/2015
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight420 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine13 mm
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