Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900

Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-1900

by Cynthia Eller
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520248597

ISBN-13: 9780520248595

Pub. Date: 03/08/2011

Publisher: University of California Press

Gentlemen and Amazons traces the nineteenth-century genesis and development of an important contemporary myth about human origins: that of an original prehistoric matriarchy. Cynthia Eller explores the intellectual history of the myth, which arose from male scholars who mostly wanted to vindicate the patriarchal family model as a higher stage of human

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Gentlemen and Amazons traces the nineteenth-century genesis and development of an important contemporary myth about human origins: that of an original prehistoric matriarchy. Cynthia Eller explores the intellectual history of the myth, which arose from male scholars who mostly wanted to vindicate the patriarchal family model as a higher stage of human development. Eller tells the stories these men told, analyzes the gendered assumptions they made, and provides the necessary context for understanding how feminists of the 1970s and 1980s embraced as historical “fact” a discredited nineteenth-century idea.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520248595
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

1. The Travels and Travails of Matriarchal Myth
2. Amazons Everywhere: Matriarchal Myth before Bachofen
3. On the Launching Pad: J. J. Bachofen and Das Mutterrecht
4. The Matriarchal Explosion: Anthropology Finds Mother Right (and Itself)
5. Making Matriarchal Myth Work: Communists and Feminists Discover the Mother Age
6. Mother Right on the Continent
7. Struggling to Stay Alive: Anthropology and Matriarchal Myth
8. Matriarchal Myth in the Late Nineteenth Century: Why Then? Why Not Before?

Notes
Bibliography

Index

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