Land of Women: Tales of Sex and Gender from Early Ireland

Land of Women: Tales of Sex and Gender from Early Ireland

by Lisa M. Bitel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801485444

ISBN-13: 9780801485442

Pub. Date: 04/28/1998

Publisher: Cornell University Press

"This book disperses the shadows in an obscure but important landscape. Lisa Bitel addresses both the history of women in early Ireland and the history of myth, legend, and superstition which surrounded them. It is a powerful and exact book and an invaluable addition to our expanding sense of Ireland through the eyes of Irish women."—Eavan Boland, author of In a…  See more details below

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"This book disperses the shadows in an obscure but important landscape. Lisa Bitel addresses both the history of women in early Ireland and the history of myth, legend, and superstition which surrounded them. It is a powerful and exact book and an invaluable addition to our expanding sense of Ireland through the eyes of Irish women."—Eavan Boland, author of In a Time of Violence: Poems"It is refreshing to read in a book by a woman on medieval women that not all clerics hated women and that not all men were oversexed villains consciously bent on exploiting women. [Bitel] challenges not only the medieval Irish male construct of female behavior, but she is also courageous enough to question constructs of medieval women invented by modern Irish medieval historians."—Times Higher Education Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801485442
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,242,903
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
1The Texts and the Tellers of Women's Tales1
2The Wisdom on Women18
3The Canon of Coupling39
4Procreation Tales66
5Mothers, Mothering, and Motherhood84
6The Domestic Economy111
7The Land of Women138
8Priests' Wives and Brides of Christ167
9Warriors, Hags, and Sheelanagigs204
Notes235
Selected Bibliography287
Index305

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