Patriarchal Moments: Reading Patriarchal Texts

Author(s): Cesare Cuttica


Patriarchalism is omnipresent in Western culture and it pervades the texts that have shaped this culture. From the creation story in the Bible to the ancient authors, from the Church fathers to the treatises of Enlightenment philosophers, right up to modern fiction, male authority over women, children and other dependents has shaped the nature of human relationships and the discourses about these relationships. This collection of short essays offers fresh and novel readings of key texts in the history of patriarchalism as a concept of power. The texts selected are from political, religious and literary works and together the readings add new insights to a tradition that has never gone uncontested, yet is unlikely to disappear soon.


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Patriarchal Moments is a distinctive collection of essays offering fresh readings of key texts in the history of patriarchalism as a concept of power.

Cesare Cuttica is Lecturer in British History at the University of Paris 8-Vincennes, France. Gaby Mahlberg is an independent scholar based in Berlin, Germany.

Introduction Cesare Cuttica (The University of Paris VIII, France) and Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria University, UK) The Monotheistic Tradition and the Ancient World 1 The Talmud: A Tale of Two Bodies Sarra Lev (Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, USA) 2 Of Women, Snakes and Trees: The Bible Deborah W. Rooke (Oxford University, UK) 3 Patriarchalism and the Qur'an Asma Barlas (Ithaca College, USA) 4 Citizens but Second-Class: Women in Aristotle's Politics (384 to 322 B.C.E.) Edith Hall (King's College, London, UK) The Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation 5 Augustine's The City of God (5th century A.D.): Patriarchy, Pluralism, and the Creation of Man Catherine Conybeare (Bryn Mawr College, USA) 6 Men, Women and Monsters: John Knox's First Blast of the Trumpet (1558) Anne McLaren (University of Liverpool, UK) 7 Love and Order: William Gouge, Of Domesticall Duties (1622) Karen Harvey (University of Sheffield, UK) The Early Modern Period 8 Filmer's Patriarcha (1680): Absolute Power, Political Patriarchalism and Patriotic Language Cesare Cuttica (The University of Paris VIII, France) 9 Patriarchy, Primogeniture and Prescription: Algernon Sidney's Discourses Concerning Government (1698) Jonathan Scott (University of Auckland, New Zealand) 10 Locke's Some Thoughts Concerning Education (1693): Fathers and Conversational Friendship J. K. Numao (Keio University, Tokyo, Japan) 11 'Nothing Pleases Like an Intire Subjection': Mary Astell Reflects on the Politics of Marriage (1700) Brett D. Wilson (The College of William & Mary, USA) The Eighteenth Century/ The Enlightenment 12 Ants, Bees, Fathers, Sons: Pope's Essay on Man (1734) and the Natural History of Patriarchy Paul Baines (University of Liverpool, UK) 13 Rousseau's Emile (1762): The Patriarchal Family and the Education of the Republican Citizen Sandrine Parageau (Paris West University Nanterre La Defense, France) 14 Patriarchy and Enlightenment in Immanuel Kant (1784) Jordan Pascoe (Manhattan College, USA) 15 In 'Her Father's House': Women as Property in Wollstonecraft's Mary (1788) Michelle Faubert (University of Manitoba, Canada) The Nineteenth Century 16 Father Enfantin, the Saint-Simonians and the 'Call to Woman' (1831) Daniel Laqua (Northumbria University, UK) 17 Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata (1889) Charlotte Alston (Northumbria University, UK) 18 Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler as 'Patriarchal Moment' (1890) Arnold Weinstein (Brown University, USA) The Twentieth Century 19 Account of a Fight against Paternal Authority: Franz Kafka's Letter to his Father (1919) Oliver Jahraus (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany) 20 Federico Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding: Patriarchy's Tragic Flaws (1932) Federico Bonaddio (King's College, London, UK) 21 'His peremptory prick': the failure of the phallic in Angela Carter's The Passion of New Eve (1977) Ruth Charnock (University of Lincoln, UK) Postscript Gaby Mahlberg (Northumbria University, UK)

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  • : 9781472589156
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Academic
  • : December 2015
  • : books

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  • : Cesare Cuttica
  • : Paperback
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