The Interior and the Abject: Uses and Abuses of the Female in the Middel Ages

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Abstrakt

In this paper I argue that during the Middle Ages definitions of the female as distinct from the life led by women played a crucial role in defining social boundaries and solidifying new systems of power. I suggest that there were two female figures that were crucial to these definitions: the mother and the virgin. While the mother image was invoked to describe the internal functioning of the Christian community, the virgin metaphor drew the external boundaries and defined the Christina community's relation to the non-Christian other.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftCulture and Religion
Vol/bind5
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)287-319
Antal sider32
ISSN1475-5610
StatusUdgivet - 1 nov. 2004
Udgivet eksterntJa

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