Abstract

This paper traces the political economy of the Christian concept of "evil" incarnate and its concomitant operations of sexual abjection and the repudiation of femininity, beginning with the early church's inaugural struggles to impose its monotheistic Law against maternal paganism. With attention to how "evil" has been deployed to sanction and sanctify the persecution of scapegoats, and particularly of heretics and witches, I examine the masculinist struggles for jurisdiction and control over women.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2001
Print ISSN
0887-5367
Pages
pp. 10-43
Launched on MUSE
2003-04-01
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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