The <i>GLAE</i>’s Eve: Multivocality, Women in Antiquity, and Paradigms of Womanhood

Vita Daphna Arbel

in Forming Femininity in Antiquity

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199837779
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932351 | DOI:
The GLAE’s Eve: Multivocality, Women in Antiquity, and Paradigms of Womanhood

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The chapter concludes by addressing three interconnected issues that lie at the heart of the book: the GLAE narrative and its multiple traditions of Eve, women in antiquity, feminist criticism. Accordingly, the chapter highlights the significance of the GLAE, which, in its present redacted form, functions as a unity in which a multiplicity of overlapping traditions is present; the chapter further illuminates how the GLAE reveals a web of traditions and voices—both official and dogmatic as well as popular and subversive—that converge in a multivocal dialogue over Eve/femininity in antiquity; with attention to feminist criticism and its shared concern about the dynamic, fluctuating nature of constructed gender norms. The chapter emphasizes how the GLAE portrays Eve as a fluid embodiment of several cultural ideals of femininity and as a signifier of both normative and subversive feminine characteristics and conduct.

Keywords: GLAE narrative; Mikhail Bakhtin; heteroglossia; the study of women in antiquity; feminist criticism of the glae

Chapter.  3294 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Christianity

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