Gentlemen and Amazons: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861–1900

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University of California Press, Feb 6, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 275 pages
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“Eller is an excellent historian. She expertly lays out the development of the little known myth of matriarchal prehistory in a way that is both highly knowledgeable and readable. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of feminist thought and anthropology.” —Rosemary Radford Ruether, author of Goddesses and the Divine Feminine

“Without a doubt, this is the best introduction into the mythological jungle of modern scholarship on matriarchy. Cynthia Eller’s book is not only perfectly researched, it is also intelligent and pleasantly written.” —Philippe Borgeaud, author of Mother of the Gods: From Cybele to the Virgin Mary





 

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Whoops, sorry, I reviewed the book under the wrong title(red face). What do I do when I 'm not being daft? Don't take that as typical behaviour of supporters for matriarchal theories of history. My apologies. Jessica Read full review

Contents

Matriarchal Myth before Bachofen
15
J J Bachofen and Das Mutterrecht
36
Anthropology Finds
65
Communists and Feminists
100
Mother Right on the Continent
133
Anthropology and Matriarchal Myth
162
Why Then?
180
Notes
193
Bibliography
247
Index
265
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Cynthia Eller is Professor of Women s Studies and Religious Studies at Montclair State University. She is the author of The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory: Why an Invented Past Will Not Give Women a Future; Am I a Woman? A Skeptic s Guide to Gender; and Living in the Lap of the Goddess: The Feminist Spirituality Movement in America.

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