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Representing Women

Barbara Goff

in Citizen Bacchae

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520239982
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520930582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520239982.003.0005
Representing Women

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One theoretical construct that may prove useful in this chapter is “women's culture.” This term is commonly mobilized in many contexts to analyze both women's history and their specific cultural productions, and requires some definition if it is not to lose in clarity what it gains in semantic reach. The concept of “women's culture” is powerful when it is put to work within a model of the entire society in question to account for the specificities of different women's lives within that society. Since most societies that insist on a gendered division of labor also prescribe relations of hierarchy between men and women, consistently to women's disadvantage, a more-or-less-separate “women's culture” may also provide the best means for historical women to reclaim for their lives the significance which is often denied by the dominant culture.

Keywords: culture; hierarchy; significance; historical women

Chapter.  27066 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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