Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from around the World

Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet: Women in Proverbs from around the World

by Mineke Schipper
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300102496

ISBN-13: 9780300102499

Pub. Date: 05/10/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

In cultures all over the globe, sex and gender issues have been expressed in proverbs, the world's smallest literary genre. This fascinating book provides revealing insights into the female condition across centuries and continents, as recorded in thousands of vivid and earthy proverbs about women. Mineke Schipper analyzes similarities, differences, and contradictions…  See more details below

Overview

In cultures all over the globe, sex and gender issues have been expressed in proverbs, the world's smallest literary genre. This fascinating book provides revealing insights into the female condition across centuries and continents, as recorded in thousands of vivid and earthy proverbs about women. Mineke Schipper analyzes similarities, differences, and contradictions in the cultural norms about gender expressed in thousands of proverbs she has found from over 150 countries. Grouping the sayings into such categories as the female body, love, sex, childbirth, and female power, she finds shared patterns in ideas about women (and how men see them).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300102499
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.48(h) x 1.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Prologue1
The Mother of All Sciences1
Proverbs and Their Impact8
1The Female Body18
From Head to Foot18
Beauty and Beautifying51
The Female Body Anthology68
2Phases of Life93
Girls, Daughters, Brides93
Wives, Co-Wives, Widows108
Mothers and Mothers-in-Law129
Phases of Life Anthology159
3Basics of Life204
Love204
Sex217
Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth230
Basics of Life Anthology242
4Female Power266
Verbal Talent267
Work270
Knowledge287
Witchcraft and Other Occult Forces295
Countermeasures304
Violence311
Female Power Anthology320
5Messages of Images350
Women as Objects351
Gendered Places and Spaces364
Messages of Images Anthology375
Epilogue: Proverbial Imaginations in an Age of Globalization387
Endnotes393
Languages, Cultures and Countries402
Bibliography406
Index415

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