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The Resource Sexing the world : grammatical gender and biological sex in ancient Rome, Anthony Corbeill

Sexing the world : grammatical gender and biological sex in ancient Rome, Anthony Corbeill

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Sexing the world : grammatical gender and biological sex in ancient Rome
Title
Sexing the world
Title remainder
grammatical gender and biological sex in ancient Rome
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Anthony Corbeill
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eng
Summary
From the moment a child in ancient Rome began to speak Latin, the surrounding world became populated with objects possessing grammatical gender-masculine eyes (oculi), feminine trees (arbores), neuter bodies (corpora). Sexing the World surveys the many ways in which grammatical gender enabled Latin speakers to organize aspects of their society into sexual categories, and how this identification of grammatical gender with biological sex affected Roman perceptions of Latin poetry, divine power, and the human hermaphrodite. Beginning with the ancient grammarians, Anthony Corbeill examines how these scholars used the gender of nouns to identify the sex of the object being signified, regardless of whether that object was animate or inanimate. This informed the Roman poets who, for a time, changed at whim the grammatical gender for words as seemingly lifeless as "dust" (pulvis) or "tree bark" (cortex). Corbeill then applies the idea of fluid grammatical gender to the basic tenets of Roman religion and state politics. He looks at how the ancients tended to construct Rome's earliest divinities as related male and female pairs, a tendency that waned in later periods. An analogous change characterized the dual-sexed hermaphrodite, whose sacred and political significance declined as the republican government became an autocracy. Throughout, Corbeill shows that the fluid boundaries of sex and gender became increasingly fixed into opposing and exclusive categories. Sexing the World contributes to our understanding of the power of language to shape human perception
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1960-
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Corbeill, Anthony
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Latin literature
  • Latin language
  • Gender identity in literature
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • HISTORY
  • Gender identity in literature
  • Latin language
  • Latin literature
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Sexing the world : grammatical gender and biological sex in ancient Rome, Anthony Corbeill
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Latin grammatical gender is not arbitrary -- Roman scholars on grammatical gender and biological sex -- Roman poets on grammatical gender -- Poetic play with sex and gender -- Androgynous gods in archaic Rome -- Appendix to chapter 4: male/female pairs of deities -- The prodigious hermaphrodite
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ocn896123213
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1 online resource
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online
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9781400852468
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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22573/ctt86chpw
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remote
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(OCoLC)896123213
Label
Sexing the world : grammatical gender and biological sex in ancient Rome, Anthony Corbeill
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Latin grammatical gender is not arbitrary -- Roman scholars on grammatical gender and biological sex -- Roman poets on grammatical gender -- Poetic play with sex and gender -- Androgynous gods in archaic Rome -- Appendix to chapter 4: male/female pairs of deities -- The prodigious hermaphrodite
Control code
ocn896123213
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400852468
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt86chpw
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)896123213

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