Women of Babylon: Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia

Women of Babylon: Gender and Representation in Mesopotamia

by Zainab Bahrani
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415218306

ISBN-13: 9780415218306

Pub. Date: 05/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Representations of sexual difference (whether visual or textual) have become an area of much theoretical concern and investigation in recent feminist scholarship. Yet although a wide range of relevant evidence survives from the ancient Near East, it has been exceptional for those studying women in the ancient world to stray outside the traditional bounds of Greece

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Overview

Representations of sexual difference (whether visual or textual) have become an area of much theoretical concern and investigation in recent feminist scholarship. Yet although a wide range of relevant evidence survives from the ancient Near East, it has been exceptional for those studying women in the ancient world to stray outside the traditional bounds of Greece and Rome.
Women of Babylon is a much-needed historical/art historical study that investigates the concepts of femininity which prevailed in Assyro-Babylonian society. Zainab Bahrani's detailed analysis of how the culture of ancient Mesopotamia defined sexuality and gender roles both in, and through, representation is enhanced by a rich selection of visual material extending from 6500 BC - 1891 AD. Professor Bahrani also investigates the ways in which women of the ancient Near East have been perceived in classical scholarship up to the nineteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415218306
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2001
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of plates
Acknowledgements
Introduction: women of Babylon - gender and representation in Mesopotamia1
1Women/sex/gender: women's history and the ancient Near East7
2Envisioning difference: femininity and representation28
3The metaphorics of the body: nudity, the goddess, and the Gaze40
4That obscure object of desire: nudity, fetishism, and the female body70
5Priestess and princess: patronage, portraiture, identity96
6A women's place: femininity in narrative art121
7Ishtar: the embodiment of tropes141
8Babylonian women in the Orientalist imagination161
Notes180
Annotated bibliography184
References189
Index210

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