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Author Davies, Peter (Peter J.)

Title Myth, Matriarchy and Modernity : Johann Jakob Bachofen in German Culture. 1860-1945
Published Berlin : Walter de Gruyter, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (474 pages)
Series Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies
Interdisciplinary German cultural studies.
Summary This study explores the prevalence in German culture of myths about ancient matriarchal societies, tracing their presence in left and right wing politics, feminist and antifeminist writing, sociology, psychoanalysis and literary production. The work of the Swiss theorist of matriarchy, Johann Jakob Bachofen (1815-1887), has been highly influential, and this book shows how the interpretation of his legacy became a battleground for conflicts about modernity, myth, race and nation, sex and gender, and ultimately the struggle between National Socialism and its opponents
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Subject Bachofen, Johann Jakob, 1815-1887 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Bachofen, Johann Jakob, 1815-1887.
Ethnology -- Germany.
Matriarchy -- Religious aspects.
Matriarchy -- Mythology.
Mythology, Germanic.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110227096