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Festivals, Feasts, and Gender Relations in Ancient China and Greece Yiqun Zhou

Festivals, Feasts, and Gender Relations in Ancient China and Greece

Yiqun Zhou

Published August 16th 2010
ISBN : 9780521197625
Hardcover
383 pages
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Ancient China & Greece are two classical civilizations that have exerted far-reaching influence in numerous areas of human experience & are often invoked as the paradigms in East-West comparison. This book examines gender relations in the twoMoreAncient China & Greece are two classical civilizations that have exerted far-reaching influence in numerous areas of human experience & are often invoked as the paradigms in East-West comparison. This book examines gender relations in the two ancient societies as reflected in convivial contexts such as family banquets, public festivals & religious feasts. Two distinct patterns of interpersonal affinity & conflict emerge from the Chinese & Greek sources that show men & women organizing themselves & interacting with each other in social occasions intended for collective pursuit of pleasure. Thru an analysis of the two different patterns, Zhou illuminates the different sociopolitical mechanisms, value systems & fabrics of human bonds in the two classical traditions. Her book will be important for readers who are interested in the comparative study of societies, gender studies, womens history & the legacy of civilizations.Introduction: Kinship & friendshipAmong men. Greece: comrades, citizens & boysChina: ancestors, brothers & sonsBetween men & women, among women. Public festivals & domestic ritesAt the table & behind the scenesFemale experience & male imagination. What women sang ofConclusion