Carnal Knowing: Female Nakedness and Religious Meaning in the Christian West

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Beacon Press, 1989 - Religion - 254 pages
Explores Christian attitudes about the naked female body from the fourth century to the present, examining the powerful influence of the Adam and Eve story, important works of art and literature, and male perspectives on the female body since early Christ

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Acts of Paul Adam and Eve Adam's Against Jovinianus Al-Anon Ambrose ANNIBALE CARRACCI Apostolic Constitutions artists ascetic asceticism Augustine Augustine's authors baptism baptized Basil of Ancyra baths beauty becoming male carnal catechumens century Christ Christian West church Cindy Sherman City of God Clement of Alexandria clothing consecrated virgins created creation Culianu culture Cyril of Jerusalem death depictions Easter Vigil EDWINA SANDYS Elaine Pagels Elaine Showalter Enkidu erotic Eucharist Eve's exorcism fasting Febronia female body female nakedness female sexuality Feminism feminist Feminist Literary Criticism figure flesh Frigga Haug Garden of Eden gender gender roles Genesis genitals Ghent Altarpiece Gilgamesh gnostic Gospel of Thomas Gregory of Nyssa grotesque grotesque body hair Hal Foster Hanna Fenichel Pitkin Hans Baldung Hans Baldung Grien HANS MEMLING Harpham Heinrich Kramer Helene Cixous Hic Mulier Hildegard human Ibid images interpretation Iskin JAN VAN EYCK Jerome John Calvin John Chrysostom Jonathan Z Judy Chicago Lee Quinby Linda Nochlin literature LOUIS-ERNEST BARRIAS Luce Irigaray lust Luther male gaze Malleus Maleficarum marriage martyrdom Mary Magdalene Mary of Egypt MASTER FRANCKE medieval menstruation Michel Foucault Mikhail Bakhtin misogyny Montague Summers Montanist naked baptism naked body nude painting patriarchal patristic Paul Ableman Perpetua Perpetua and Felicitas physical Postmodernism practices prelapsarian public sphere Rabelais religious meaning Renaissance representations represented roles Roman Empire Saint Barbara San Gimignano Scivias secular Sermon sexual intercourse Sherrie Levine Siduri social societies spiritual story subjectivity Susanna Suzanne Valadon symbolic temptation Tertullian Theodore of Mopsuestia tion tism trans University Press uterus Utnapishtim Vagina Dentata viewer virginity visual woman women women artists women's bodies Zosimus

About the author (1989)

Margaret R. Miles is Dean and d Academic Vice-President of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, and is President of the American Academy of Religion. She was formerly Bussey Professor of historical Theology at Harvard University. Her previous books include "Image as Insight: Visual Understanding in Western Christianity and Secular Culture, Carnal Knowing: female Nakedness and Religious Meaning in the Christian West, Seeing an Believing: Religion and values in the Movies," and, most recently, "Reading for Life: Beauty, Pluralism, and Responsibility" (1998).

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