In cultures throughout the world, sex and gender issues have been expressed in proverbs, the world's most concise literary genre. Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet provides revealing insights into the female condition across centuries and continents, as recorded in thousands of vivid and earthy proverbs about women.
Mineke Schipper explores the similarities, differences, and contradictions that coexist in cultural norms about gender from hundreds of languages and over 150 countries. Grouping the sayings into such categories as the female body, love, sex, childbirth, and female power, she finds stunning patterns in ideas about women—and men. This cross-cultural study and critical analysis of proverbs about women is a unique and intriguing resource to dip into again and again.
"A fine contribution to the cosmopolitan conversation that ought to come about globalization."—K. Anthony Appiah, Princeton University
"A fascinating analysis of more than 15,000 proverbs. . . . Engrossing."—Carolyne Larrington, Times Literary Supplement
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Mineke Schipper is professor of intercultural literary studies at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. She is the author of many books, including Imagining Insiders: Africa and the Question of Belonging, and Unheard Words: Women and Literature in Africa, the Arab World, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America.Review:
“No one who casually picks it up will be able to put it down, as gems of inspired sayings, bon mots, zany jokes, and insightful analyses leap out of every page.” (Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago 2006-05-01)
"A fine contribution to the cosmopolitan conversation that ought to come about globalization." (K. Anthony Appiah, Princeton University 2006-05-01)
"A fascinating analysis of more than 15,000 proverbs. . . . Engrossing." (Carolyne Larrington Times Literary Supplement)
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Book Description Amsterdam University Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P119053568638
Book Description Amsterdam University Press, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M9053568638