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Performing Christian Female Identity in Roman Alexandria

dc.contributor.advisorHolum, Kennethen_US
dc.contributor.authorJuliussen-Stevenson, Heather Annen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-06-20T05:38:37Z
dc.date.available2008-06-20T05:38:37Z
dc.date.issued2008-05-05en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/8220
dc.description.abstractThe Christian women of Roman Alexandria are something of a mystery, but they were integral to the transformation of religion. They Christianized the space they occupied, their bodies becoming houses for sanctity. While it is difficult to verify the accuracy of male representations of female subjects, discourse exposes the underlying assumptions upon which gender was understood. Reformed prostitutes, women who traveled to the shrine at Menouthis, collectors of pilgrim flasks from Abu Menas who sat in front of the Virgin Mary fresco at Kom el-Dikka, and virgins who shut themselves away--none of these women may have thought of themselves as men suggested. Yet when men referenced the feminine, they introduced alterity, indicating resistance to a master discourse or even competition among rival discourses. This negotiation, combined with a daily expression of agency through the use of space, reveals how women must have asserted their rights to salvation.en_US
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dc.titlePerforming Christian Female Identity in Roman Alexandriaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHistory, Ancienten_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHistory, Churchen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCyrilen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledIsisen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledAthanasiusen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledEugeniaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledSyncleticaen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTheotokos;en_US


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