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Jeffers, Ann (2013) Wicked Witches of the West: Construction of Space and Gender in Jezreel. In: George, Mark, (ed.) Constructions of Space IV: Further Developments in Examining Social Space in Ancient Israel. London: T & T Clark, pp. 76-91. [Book section] (Forthcoming)

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    The aim of this paper is to explore connections between space, society, and the ideologies inherent in both, in order to develop an awareness of the subjectivity and interests involved in constructing concepts of space. The relationship between the conceptualization of space and issues of gender will also be analysed. This is done through the theoretical framework of the work of Lefebvre and Soja among others to analyse two narratives from the Hebrew Bible set in Jezreel: that of the woman of Endor and Jezebel. Looking at the conceptualization of space in both narratives is instructive as it highlights ideological and spatial shifts. Both narratives can be read against the mythological space created by the Maqlu ritual and thus witness the re-defining of spatial religious boundaries and a narrowing down to a single cosmology (monotopia), controlled by a powerful minority. This way of reordering the world establishes a much tighter control over the life of its people and will have serious consequences for the social and religious situation of women, in particular by controlling access to knowledge.

    Item Type: Book section
    Journal or Publication Title: Constructions of Space IV: Further Developments in Examining Social Space in Ancient Israel
    Department: Theology
    Depositing User: Dr Ann Jeffers
    Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 09:53
    Last Modified: 21 Nov 2015 21:30
    URI: http://publications.heythrop.ac.uk/id/eprint/1697

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