Mothers and Amazons
Author: Berta Eckstein-Diener
Publisher: New York : Julian Press
This index is a veritable who's who of the greats of Western literature. . . . The Board recommends it for every collection whose users conduct analytical studies of literature. "Reference Books Bulletin" The powerful hold that literature exercises is based primarily on recognition--the reader's ability to identify with others through shared human concerns that transcend ttace, time, and cultural boundaries. These universal themes, and how they have been treated in literature from the classical period to the present, are the subject of the critical essays comprising this volume. A fascinating resource for students and general readers and an essential research tool for scholars in literature, it is the first thematic reference on this scale to be published in English. The dictionary consists of 143 essays contributed by 98 specialists in world literature. Topics covered include themes relating to adventure, family life, the supernatural, eroticism, status, humor, idealism, terror, and many other categories of human experience. Each entry begins with a defintion and a sketch on the origin and historical background of the literary theme. The topical essay discusses the significance and occurrence of the theme in world literature and supplies information on geographical area, genre, style, and chronology. Entries conclude with a selected bibliography of scholarship in the area. A cross-index to themes and motifs will enable the reader to find information on secondary or related topics. Convenient to use and presented in a standardized format, this major new reference will be an important acquisition for libraries with collections in English, American, and world literature.
Mothers, Monsters, Whores
Author: Laura Sjoberg, Caron E. Gentry
Publisher: Zed Books
This is a look at military women who engage in torture: the Chechen 'Black Widows'; Middle Eastern suicide bombers and the women who directed and participated in genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. This text analyses the biological, psychological and sexualized stereotypes through which these women are conventionally depicted.
The Title of the novel typifies the mythical independent females; said to have ruled the Amazon region of the South American rain forest many years ago. The novel is set in a remote part of Eastern Nigeria. It is depicted as an emerging and progressive story dating from the nineteen and twenty centuries, till the present time. Here; the great grand daughter tells her friend a lengthy story of how her great grandmother dedicated her efforts to foster the emancipation of the women of her time; and laid the groundwork for future actions to empower them, to free themselves from subjugation and relegation, engendered by the traditional norms. Ego, the wife of the Warrant Chief of Aboshi tried using her charm, accommodation of others and industry to boost self sufficiency and confidence of her co-wives in the chief’s harem and the wider town and nearby ones. She, to a reasonable extent fostered the education of both male and female children, significantly, lowered ’death at child birth syndrome’ and in direct cooperation with the respected Sister Mary Slessor, originally from Scotland in the united kingdom; known to have stopped the ritualistic killing of twins and other multiple births. Ego in alliance with outside assistance like the missionaries and through education and reliable health care, went a long way in achieving her selfless ambition; of freeing the woman from being mere property owned by the man. The novel surveys the past, present and future ramifications of the universal fight to empower and emancipate the woman; from childhood to mature age. It also streamlined the contributions required of the woman in order to realise the projected laudable aims.
The Early Amazons
Author: J. H. Blok
As a people of warrior women, the Amazons represent a paradox both for modern scholarship and for archaic Greek culture. This book offers a new reading of the literary and visual record in a historical assessment of mythical representations.
This edition has been revised and extended to include eleven new entries on Berlin, Chomsky, Derrida, Rorty and many others. Key features of this unique guide include: * 170 entries from 96 contributors, many of whom are leading authorities in their field * alphabetically arranged entries which include brief biographies, outlines of major ideas and suggestions for further reading * coverage of Western and Third World political theorists as well as those who have influenced new movements based on the issues of ethnicity, gender and ecology * a thematically organised index
The Reluctant Amazon
Author: Sandy James
The last thing Rebecca Massee expects on her wedding day is to go from jilted kindergarten teacher to Amazonian Earth warrior. But when she causes an earthquake after her groom says I don't, she discovers that not only does she possess incredible powers, she is one of four lost chosen sisters who must fight to keep humanity safe from rogue gods and demons. Luckily she has help: ruggedly handsome Scottish warrior Artair MacKay, her protector and teacher. An immortal, Artair has trained countless warriors for more than four hundred years. He understands Rebecca's confusion at the new world she's been thrust into and worries she is too emotionally vulnerable, but that doesn't stop his growing feelings for the beautiful and fearless woman. When an evil force threatens to destroy the Amazons, Rebecca must claim her full powers—but they come at a cost. Can she sacrifice the man she loves if it means saving the world? 96,000 words
In the 1970s, Jill Johnston became one of the most vital and original thinkers of her time, helping to change the way Americans think about gender and sexuality. This collection of Johnston's writings tackles current social issues including coming-out, gay marriage and monogamy, polarity in gay and lesbian relationships, straight feminists and lesbians, the men's movement, and more.
The Mexican Corrido
Author: María Herrera-Sobek
Publisher: Indiana University Press
"... well-written and well-documented landmark study... " —Choice "This book raises important ideological and esthetic questions about the interpretation of artistic and cultural manifestations in a given society."Â —Hispanic American Historical Review "The present volume is provocative in direction and a refreshing addition to the extant literature on the Mexican Âcorrido genre." —American Ethnologist "[Herrera-Sobek's] refreshing approach to analyzing masculine attitudes toward the feminine as expressed in the Mexican Âcorrido is not only insightful but courageous." —Inez Cardozo-Freeman, Southern Folklore "... well-researched, insightful, clearly written, and well-illustrated study of a genre familiar in Hispanic culture." —Journal of the American Studies Association "... provides tantalizing insights into the inner workings and meanings of Mexico's favorite folk ballads..." —Journal of Third World Studies Challenging the stereotypical view of the passive Mexican/Chicana woman of the archetype, the author examines the portrayal of female figures in over three thousand Âcorridos or Mexican ballads and shows that in spite of long-dominant patriarchal ideology, the Âcorridos reveal the presence of self-confident women throughout Mexican history. Included are a discography, a detailed bibliography of Âcorrido collections, and several photographs of Âsoldaderas from the internationally famous Augustin Casasola collection.
In 'Ink-stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors', author Jennifer Stuller looks at the role of superwomen in modern mythology, tracing their development in comics, in films and on television over the course of the past seven decades. From Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, Charlie’s Angels to The Powerpuff Girls, Superwomen are more than just love interests or sidekicks who stand by their Supermen. In her new book, Stuller shows how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boy's club barrier of tradition and reveals the pivotal role of high-heeled crimefighters in popular culture. Featuring spies and sexuality, daddy's girls and super-mothers, this is a comprehensive, engaging and thought-provoking guide to female detectives, meta-humans and action heroines, as well as their creators, directors, performers, and consumers. The book also includes a glossary of modern mythic women, from Aeon to Zoë, as well as a foreword by acclaimed cultural commentator Roz Kaveney, author of 'Superheroes! Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films' (published by I.B.Tauris, April 2008).
Before she became Queen of the Amazons, young Hippolyta fought to break a goddess’s curse . . . An ancient prophecy states that any Amazon who bears two sons must kill the second, lest he grow up to destroy all the Amazons. But Queen Otrere can’t bear to sacrifice her baby, so she gives him to her daughter, thirteen-year-old Hippolyta, begging her to take the child to his father, Laomedon, King of Troy. In order to save her baby brother’s life, Hippolyta must find a lost city and lift a goddess’s curse. Along the way, she will need help from an unexpected source: a newly discovered brother. But can Hippolyta bring herself to trust a boy in order to save the Amazons? This ebook features personal histories by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris including rare images from the authors’ personal collections, as well as a timeline of the Heroic Age and a conversation between the two authors about the making of the series.
Women and Madness
Author: Phyllis Chesler
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Feminist icon Phyllis Chesler's pioneering work, Women and Madness, remains startlingly relevant today, nearly 50 years since its first publication in 1972. With over 2.5 million copies sold, this seminal book is unanimously regarded as the definitive work on the subject of women's psychology. Now back in print this completely revised and updated edition from 2005 adds to her original research and findings perspectives on the issues of eating disorders, postpartum depression, biological psychology, important feminist political findings, female genital mutilation and more.