Carnal Knowing: Female Nakedness and Religious Meaning in the Christian West

Carnal Knowing: Female Nakedness and Religious Meaning in the Christian West

by Margaret Ruth Miles
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Miles traces today's ideas of nakedness to the dawn of Christianity, showing how people learned to perceive the nude male figure as the embodiment of positive traits such as athletic ability and to contradictorily treat the nude female figure as the embodiment of wantonness. Illustrated. (May)
Booknews
Looking at textual and artistic descriptions and religious practices from the beginning of organized Christianity until the 17th c., Miles (Harvard Divinity School) traces attitudes toward female nakedness as reflected in the art and literature of the times. She finds that nakedness for both men and women was originally associated with purity and spiritual rebirth, but that it gradually became gendered and, for women, a negative quality as Christianity's stake in maintaining a patriarchal society grew. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807013069
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
12/30/1989
Pages:
272

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