Amazons Everywhere

Eller Cynthia

in Gentlemen and Amazons

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520248595
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948556 | DOI:
Amazons Everywhere

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This chapter examines the matriarchal myth before J.J. Bachofen introduced his matriarchal narratives. It shows that Amazon stories had been very popular since ancient times, which signals a continuous interest in studying gender reversals. The discussion considers the enduring appeal of the Amazons and moves on to the contribution of ethnography to forwarding the matriarchal myth, also providing a timeline of gender relations and discussing Bachofen's influences and the founder of matriarchal myth, François Marie Charles Fourier.

Keywords: matriarchal narratives; Amazon stories; gender reversals; ethnography; gender relations; influences; matriarchal myth

Chapter.  9060 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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