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By Kimberly B. Stratton,Dayna S. Kalleres

Daughters of Hecate unites for the 1st time examine at the challenge of gender and magic in 3 historic Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman tradition. The e-book illuminates the gendering of old magic by means of coming near near the subject from 3 certain disciplinary views: literary stereotyping, the social software of magic discourse, and fabric culture.

The authors probe the rules of, procedures, and motivations at the back of gendered stereotypes, starting with Western culture's earliest institutions of ladies and magic within the Bible and Homer's Odyssey. Daughters of Hecate presents a nuanced exploration of the subject whereas heading off reductive methods. in truth, the essays during this quantity discover complexities and counter-discourses that problem, instead of reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken with no consideration and reified via latest scholarship.

By combining serious theoretical tools with learn into literary and fabric facts, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a fake organization that has persevered from antiquity, to early glossy witch hunts, to the current day.

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