Gender and Status Competition in Pre-Modern Societies
Martha Bayless, Jonas Liliequist, Lewis Webb (eds)
- Pages: 340 p.
- Size:156 x 234 mm
- Illustrations:9 b/w, 6 col., 1 tables b/w.
- Publication Year:2022
- € 85,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-2-503-59632-7
- € 85,00 EXCL. VAT RETAIL PRICE
- ISBN: 978-2-503-59633-4
This innovative volume of pre-modern cultural history offers the opportunity to compare the ways in which gender and status competition intersect across periods and places.
Martha Bayless is Professor of English at the University of Oregon, USA. Jonas Liliequist is Professor Emeritus of History at Umeå University, Sweden. Lewis Webb is a Swedish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Oxford.
This innovative volume of cultural history offers a unique exploration of how gender and status competition have intersected across different periods and places. The contributions collected here focus on the role of women and the practice of masculinity in settings as varied as ancient Rome, China, Iran, and Arabia, medieval and early modern England, and early modern Italy, France, and Scandinavia, as well as exploring issues that affected people of all social rank, from raillery and pranks to shaming, male boasting about sexual conquests, court rituals, violence, and the use and display of wealth. Particular attention is paid to the performance of such issues, with chapters examining status and gender through cultural practices, especially specific (re)presentations of women. These include Roman priestesses, early Christian virgin martyrs, flirtation in seventh-century Arabia, and the attempt by an early modern French woman to take her place among the immortals. Together this wide-ranging and fascinating array of studies from renowned scholars offers new insights into how and why different cultures responded to the drive for status, and the complications of gender within that drive.
List of Illustrations
General Theme and Questions
Part I: Practices
Women, Seals, and Power in Prehistoric Iran and Central Asia — MARTA AMERI
Exaequatio and aemulatio: Regulation of Elite Female Status Competition in Mid-Republican Rome — LEWIS WEBB
Manly Virtues, Emotions, and Scars: Competition among Italian Renaissance Soldiers through Bodily Practices — GIULIA MOROSINI
Shame and Boastfulness in Early Modern Italy: Showing off Masculinity and Exposing Sexual Submission in Class and Age Competitions — UMBERTO GRASSI
‘I Am as Honest a Man as You’: Gender and Conflicts about Status and Honour in Early Modern Sweden — JONAS LILIEQUIST
Practices — Reflections and Concluding Remarks
Part II: Performances
Jealousy, Gender, and a Moralist’s Mission in Early China — YIQUN ZHOU
Early Medieval Board Games: Issues of Power and Gender — MARTHA BAYLESS
The Social Circulation of Grief: Status Competition, Mourning and Gender in Seventeenth-Century China — MARTIN W. HUANG
‘Just a Humble Petitioner of a Saint?’: Devotion as a Strategy for Attaining Prestige in Fourteenth-Century Italian Canonization Processes — SARI KATAJALA-PELTOMAA
Performances — Reflections and Concluding Remarks
Part III: (Re)presentations
Coniunx et sacerdos: Livia as Widow and Priestess of Divus Augustus — LOVISA BRÄNNSTEDT
Double Martyrdom, Double Crown: Virgin Martyrs and Fourth-Century Ascetic Hierarchies — SISSEL UNDHEIM
A Competitive Fantasy Figure and his Female Conquests: ʿUmar ibn Abi Rabiʿa — JULIA BRAY
Hélisenne de Crenne Challenging Male Mastery: Translating Virgil’s Aeneid in the French Sixteenth Century — BRITT-MARIE KARLSSON AND SARA MODIG
(Re)presentations — Reflections and Concluding Remarks