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Ликот на жената во средневековните белтристички текстови со религиозна содржина
Woman's Character in Medieval Belletristic Texts With Religious Content

Author(s): Maja Jakimovska-Tošić
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Keywords: biblical gender; biblical "femininity"; human sex (male : female); medieval belletristic texts; male "norm" values; Adam and Eve; Abraham and Sarah; cycle of "bad women" stories

Summary/Abstract: The theme raises the issue of the process of constructing biblical "femininity" as a reality of the patriarchal social model and its "adaptation" in the Bible and belletristic texts. It would be important to determine the possibility that the interpretations of their texts correlate with the treatment of biblical gender. The biblical report offers principles of building synopsis and rhetorical mechanisms to produce biblical "femininity" through strategies of symbolical thinking. Effort is given to the idea of constructing the biblical gender - female and male. These principles are found n medieval belletristic texts with an intention to develop the story and defining relations between genders compliant to moral edification tendencies, which are declared by the matrix of biblical text itself. By reading both Testaments, the processing of images of man and woman is obvious, giving us knowledge the determined practices of thinking in the patriarchal world. Our examples of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, the cycle of "bad women" stories (Delilah, Jezebel, Irradiate and Theophanous) in the Tikves collection related to the stereotypes of the Bible, will serve us as an "anthropological" and ontological matrix of the whole system of viewing the woman and femininity according biblical understanding. These texts will be reviewed by their variation in anthologies with mixed content like the Belgrade collection from the third quarter of the XIV century (Belgrade, NL Old collection No. 104), the Tikves collection from the end of XV century (Sophia, NL No.677), the Veles collection, the collection of priest Pribil etc.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 2-3
  • Page Range: 135-150
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Macedonian