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.
|Journal||Culture and Religion|
|Number of pages||32|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2004|