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Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East

Edited by Saana Svärd and Agnes Garcia-Ventura

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ISBN: 978-1-57506-770-4

520 pages
7" × 10"
68 b&w illustrations
2018

Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale

Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East

Edited by Saana Svärd and Agnes Garcia-Ventura

This volume explores how the interpretation of material from the ancient Near East is enriched through the application of diverse methodological and theoretical approaches to studying gender.

 

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This volume explores how the interpretation of material from the ancient Near East is enriched through the application of diverse methodological and theoretical approaches to studying gender.

The contributors to this collection include both established and up-and-coming scholars whose work brings gender studies theories—from Butler’s theory of gender as a performance to more recent theories that consider gender as a spectrum—to bear on varied materials and contexts. Their essays increase the visibility of women in ancient history, untangle constructions of masculinity and femininity in diverse contexts, and grapple with big-picture questions, such as the suitability of applying third-wave or postfeminist theories to the ancient Near East. Studying Gender in the Ancient Near East points to a need for—and provides a model of—a more productive agenda for gender studies in furthering our understanding of ancient Near Eastern societies.

In addition to the editors, the contributors are Julia M. Asher-Greve, Stephanie Lynn Budin, Megan Cifarelli, M. Érica Couto-Ferreira, Amy Rebecca Gansell, Katrien De Graef, Amélie Kuhrt, Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper, Brigitte Lion, Natalie N. May, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Martti Nissinen, Omar N’Shea, María Rosa Oliver, Frances Pinnock, Eleonora Ravenna, Allison Karmel Thomason, Luciana Urbano, Niek Veldhuis, and Ilona Zsolnay.

Agnès Garcia-Ventura is Juan de la Cierva Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Barcelona.

Saana Svärd is the Director of the Centre of Excellence in Ancient Near Eastern Empires at the University of Helsinki.

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

Theoretical Approaches, Gender, and the Ancient Near East: An Introduction

Agnès Garcia-Ventura and Saana Svärd

From La Femme to Multiple Sex/Gender

Julia M. Asher-Greve

Gender in the Tale of Aqhat

Stephanie Lynn Budin

Gender, Personal Adornment, and Costly Signaling in the Iron Age Burials of Hasanlu, Iran

Megan Cifarelli

When Women Get Ill: Gendered Constructions of Health and Disease in Cuneiform Texts on Healing

M. Érica Couto-Ferreira

Puppets on a String? On Female Agency in Old Babylonian Economy

Katrien de Graef

In Pursuit of Neo-Assyrian Queens: An Interdisciplinary Methodology for Researching Ancient Women and Engendering Ancient History

Amy Rebecca Gansell

Postfeminism and Assyriology: An (Im)possible Relationship?

Agnès Garcia-Ventura

Gender Experiments in Hellenistic Babylonian Figurines

Stephanie M. Langin-Hooper

Gender and Methodology in the Study of 2nd-Millennium B.C.E. Family Archives

Brigitte Lion

Neo-Assyrian Women, Their Visibility, and Their Representation in Written and Pictorial Sources

Natalie N. May

Factors Complicating the Reconstruction of Women’s Lives in Iron Age Israel (1200–587 B.C.E.)

Beth Alpert Nakhai

Empire of the Surveilling Gaze: The Masculinity of King Sennacherib

Omar N’Shea

Rethinking Gender Relationships in a Sociopolitical Context during the Time of Zimri-Lim

María Rosa Oliver and Eleonora Ravenna

Building Up a History of Art of the Ancient Near East: The Case of Ebla and the Third-Millennium b.c.e. Court Ladies

Frances Pinnock

(Re)constructing the Image of the Assinnu

Saana Svärd and Martti Nissinen

After “Profits”: Methodological and Historiographic Remarks on the Study of Women, Textiles, and Economy in the Ancient Near East

Allison Karmel Thomason

Marriage Policy in Mari: A Field of Power between Domination and Resistance

Luciana Urbano

Gender Studies and Assyriology: Expectations of an Outsider

Niek Veldhuis

Analyzing Constructs: A Selection of Perils, Pitfalls, and Progressions in Interrogating Ancient Near Eastern Gender

Ilona Zsolnay

Gender and Methodology in the Ancient Near East: Final Thoughts

Amélie Kuhrt

Contributors

Index of Authors

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