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Women’s Literature?

Kim Haines-Eitzen

in The Gendered Palimpsest

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780195171297
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918140 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171297.003.0003
Women’s Literature?

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Scholars have long questioned whether the Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles, which feature prominent female characters, could have been written by or for women. This chapter argues against such a claim on the basis of the physical features of the textual remains—on papyri and parchment—of these books: the features of handwriting, quality of papyrus and parchment, and so forth show that the readers for these texts were not qualitatively different from reader of other texts in early Christianity.

Keywords: Apocryphal Acts; early Christianity; papyrus; parchment; readers; Thecla; women’s audience

Chapter.  3932 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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