Myth, Matriarchy and Modernity: Johann Jakob Bachofen in German Culture. 1860 1945 (Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies)

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9783111739816: Myth, Matriarchy and Modernity: Johann Jakob Bachofen in German Culture. 1860 1945 (Interdisciplinary German Cultural Studies)

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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Peter Davies, University of Edinburgh,UK.

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"Die [die Arbeit von Peter J. Davies], das muss an dieser Stelle ganz ausdrucklich hervorgehoben werden, ein Meisterwerk ist. Wissenschaftliche Akribie und Sorgfalt, stupende Sachkenntnis uber die Grenzen einzelner Wissenschaftsdisziplinen hinweg gehen hier einher mit gedanklicher Scharfe und sprachlicher Luziditat."Elke Pahud de Mortanges in: Schweizer Zeitschrift fur Religions- und Kulturgeschichte,105 (2011)

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