The Cultural Turn in Late Ancient Studies: Gender, Asceticism, and Historiography

The Cultural Turn in Late Ancient Studies: Gender, Asceticism, and Historiography

by Dale B. Martin, Philip Rousseau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822334119

ISBN-13: 9780822334118

Pub. Date: 04/28/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

The essays in this provocative collection exemplify the innovations that have characterized the relatively new field of late ancient studies. Focused on civilizations clustered mainly around the Mediterranean and covering the period between roughly 100 and 700 CE, scholars in this field have brought history and cultural studies to bear on theology and religious

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The essays in this provocative collection exemplify the innovations that have characterized the relatively new field of late ancient studies. Focused on civilizations clustered mainly around the Mediterranean and covering the period between roughly 100 and 700 CE, scholars in this field have brought history and cultural studies to bear on theology and religious studies. They have adopted the methods of the social sciences and humanities—particularly those of sociology, cultural anthropology, and literary criticism. By emphasizing cultural and social history and considerations of gender and sexuality, scholars of late antiquity have revealed the late ancient world as far more varied than had previously been imagined.

The contributors investigate three key concerns of late ancient studies: gender, asceticism, and historiography. They consider Macrina’s scar, Mary’s voice, and the harlot’s body as well as Augustine, Jovinian, Gregory of Nazianzus, Julian, and Ephrem the Syrian. Whether examining how animal bodies figured as a means for understanding human passion and sexuality in the monastic communities of Egypt and Palestine or meditating on the almost modern epistemological crisis faced by Theodoret in attempting to overcome the barriers between the self and the wider world, these essays highlight emerging theoretical and critical developments in the field.

Contributors. Daniel Boyarin, David Brakke, Virginia Burrus, Averil Cameron, Susanna Elm, James E. Goehring, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, David G. Hunter, Blake Leyerle, Dale B. Martin, Patricia Cox Miller, Philip Rousseau, Teresa M. Shaw, Maureen A. Tilley, Dennis E. Trout, Mark Vessey

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822334118
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
DALE B. MARTIN Introduction....................1
DAVID BRAKKE The Lady Appears: Materializations of "Woman" in Early Monastic Literature....................25
MAUREEN A. TILLEY No Friendly Letters: Augustine's Correspondence with Women....................40
SUSAN ASHBROOK HARVEY On Mary's Voice: Gendered Words in Syriac Marian Tradition....................63
PATRICIA COX MILLER Is There a Harlot in This Text?: Hagiography and the Grotesque....................87
VIRGINIA BURRUS Macrina's Tattoo....................103
DAVID G. HUNTER Rereading the Jovinianist Controversy: Asceticism and Clerical Authority in Late Ancient Christianity....................119
JAMES E. GOEHRING The Dark Side of Landscape: Ideology and Power in the Christian Myth of the Desert....................136
BLAKE LEYERLE Monks and Other Animals....................150
DANIEL BOYARIN Archives in the Fiction: Rabbinic Historiography and Church History....................175
AVERIL CAMERON How to Read Heresiology....................193
TERESA M. SHAW Ascetic Practice and the Genealogy of Heresy: Problems in Modern Scholarship and Ancient TextualRepresentation....................213
MARK VESSEY History, Fiction, and Figuralism in Book 8 of Augustine's Confessions....................237
SUSANNA ELM Hellenism and Historiography: Gregory of Nazianzus and Julian in Dialogue....................258
PHILIP ROUSSEAU Knowing Theodoret: Text and Self....................278
DENNIS E. TROUT Damasus and the Invention of Early ChristianRome....................298
Bibliography....................317
Contributors....................355
Index of Modern Authors....................357
Index of Citations to Ancient Authors and Scriptures....................360

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