I. Zsolnay, Being a man: negotiating ancient constructs of masculinity

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Ilona Zsolnay (éd.), Being a man: negotiating ancient constructs of masculinity, Londres-New York, 2016.

Éditeur : Routledge
Collection : Studies in the history of the Ancient Near East
x, 289 pages
ISBN : 9781138189362
140 $


Being a Man is a formative work which reveals the myriad and complex negotiations for constructions of masculine identities in the greater ancient Near East and beyond. Through a juxtaposition of studies into Neo-Assyrian artistic representations and omens, biblical hymns and narrative, Hittite, Akkadian, and Indian epic, as well as detailed linguistic studies on gender and sex in the Sumerian and Hebrew languages, the book challenges traditional understandings and assumed homogeneity for what it meant "to be a man" in antiquity. Being a Man is an indispensable resource for students of the ancient Near East, and a fascinating study for anyone with an interest in gender and sexuality throughout history.


Ilona Zsolnay (University of Pennsylvania)

1. Categorizing Men and Masculinity in Sumer

Joan Goodnick-Westenholz† and Ilona Zsolnay

2. Men Looking At Men: The Homoerotics of Power in the State Arts of Assyria

Julia Assante (Münster)

3. Wisdom of Former Days: The Manly Hittite King and Foolish Kumarbi, Father of the Gods

Mary R. Bachvarova (Willamette University)

4. Female trouble and troubled males: Roiled Seas, Decadent Royals, and Mesopotamian Masculinities in Myth and Practice

J. S. Cooper (Johns Hopkins)

5. Mapping Masculinities in the Sanskrit Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa

Simon Brodbeck (Cardiff University)

6. Mesopotamia Before and After Sodom: Colleagues, Crack Troops, Comrades-in-Arms

Ann K. Guinan (University of Pennsylvania) and Peter Morris (Philadelphia)

7. Shaved Beards and Bared Buttocks: Shame and the Undermining of Masculine Performance in Biblical Texts

Hilary Lipka (University of New Mexico)

8. Happy is the Man who Fills His Quiver with Them (Ps. 127:5): Constructions of Masculinities in the Psalms

Marc Brettler (Duke University)

9. Relative Masculinities in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Martti Nissinen (University of Helsinki)

10. The Masculinity of Male Angels on the Make: Genesis 6:1-4 in Early Nineteenth Century Gothic Imagination

Steven W. Holloway (James Madison University)



Source : Routledge