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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture and Religion
Volume5
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)287-319
Number of pages32
ISSN1475-5610
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes

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The Interior and the Abject: Uses and Abuses of the Female in the Middel Ages. / Lytje, Maren.

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