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Kutash, Goddesses in Myth and Cultural Memory (Bloomsbury)

Goddesses in Myth and Cultural Memory

By: Emilie Kutash

Published: 05-20-2021
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 256
ISBN: 9780567697394
Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Dimensions: 6 1/8" x 9 1/4"
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About Goddesses in Myth and Cultural Memory

How have the goddesses of ancient myth survived, prevalent even now as literary and cultural icons? How do allegory, symbolic interpretation, and political context transform the goddess from her regional and individual identity into a goddess of philosophy and literature? Emilie Kutash explores these questions, beginning from the premise that cultural memory, a collective cultural and social phenomenon, can last thousands of years.

Kutash demonstrates a continuing practice of interpreting and allegorizing ancient myths, tracing these goddesses of archaic origin through history. Chapters follow the goddesses from their ancient near eastern prototypes, to their place in the epic poetry, drama and hymns of classical Greece, to their appearance in Platonic and Neoplatonic philosophy, Medieval allegory, and their association with Christendom.

Finally, Kutash considers how goddesses were made into Jungian archetypes, and how some contemporary feminists made them a counterfoil to male divinity, thereby addressing the continued role of goddesses in perpetuating gender binaries.

Note in particular chapter 8: "Asherah, Sophia, Shechinah: Are they Hebrew Goddesses?"

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