God's Wife, God's Servant
The God's Wife of Amun
by Mariam Ayad
Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology
Drawing on textual, iconographic and archaeological evidence, this book highlights a historically documented (but often ignored) instance, where five single
women were elevated to a position of supreme religious authority. The women were Libyan
and Nubian royal princesses who, consecutively, held the title of God's Wife of Amun
during the Egyptian Twenty-third to Twenty sixth dynasties (c.754'525 BCE). At a time
of weakened royal authority, rulers turned to their daughters to establish and further
their authority. Unmarried, the princess would be dispatched from her father's distant
political and administrative capital to Thebes, where she would reign supreme as a
God's Wife of Amun.
While her title implied a marital union between the supreme solar deity Amun and a
mortal woman, the God's Wife was actively involved in temple ritual, where she participated
in rituals that asserted the king's territorial authority as well as Amun's universal
power. As the head of the Theban theocracy, the God's Wife controlled one of the largest
economic centers in Egypt: the vast temple estate at Karnak. Economic independence
and religious authority spawned considerable political influence: a God's Wife became
instrumental in securing the loyalty of the Theban nobility for her father, the king.
Their Lives and Times
Edited by Sarah L. Wilkerson Freeman and Beverly Greene Bond
Department of History
Including suffragists, civil rights activists, and movers and shakers in politics
and in the music industries of Nashville and Memphis, as well as many other notables,
this collective portrait of Tennessee women offers new perspectives and insights into
their dreams, their struggles, and their times. As rich, diverse, and wide-ranging
as the topography of the state, this book will interest scholars, general readers,
and students of southern history, women's history, and Tennessee history.
Tennessee Women: Their Lives and Times shifts the historical lens from the more traditional
view of men's roles to place women and their experiences at center stage in the historical
drama.The eighteen biographical essays, written by leading historians of women, illuminate
the lives of familiar figures like reformer Frances Wright, blues woman Alberta Hunter,
and the Grand Ole Opry's Minnie Pearl (Sarah Colley Cannon) and less-well known characters
like the Cherokee Beloved Woman Nan-ye-hi (Nancy Ward), antebellum free black woman
Milly Swan Price, and environmentalist Doris Bradshaw.
Memphis and the Paradox of Place
Globalization in the American South
by Wanda Rushing
Department of Sociology
Celebrated as the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock and roll, Memphis,
Tennessee, is where Elvis Presley, B. B. King, Johnny Cash, and other musical legends
got their starts. It is also a place of conflict and tragedy--the site of Martin Luther
King Jr.'s 1968 assassination--and a city typically marginalized by scholars and underestimated
by its own residents. Using this iconic southern city as a case study, Wanda Rushing
explores the significance of place in a globalizing age.
Challenging the view that globalization renders place generic or insignificant, Rushing
argues that cultural and economic distinctiveness persists in part because of global
processes, not in spite of them. Rushing weaves her analysis into stories about the
history and global impact of blues music, the social and racial complexities of Cotton
Carnival, and the global rise of FedEx, headquartered in Memphis. She portrays Memphis
as a site of cultural creativity and global industry--a city whose traditions, complex
past, and specific character have had an influence on culture worldwide.
Women, Violence and the Media
Readings in Feminist Criminology
by Drew Humphries
Chapter on Media Images of Wartime Sexual Violence: Ethnic Cleansing in Rwanda and the Former
by Yaschica D. Williams
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Through the lens of feminist criminology, this volume examines the complex interrelationship
of women, violence, and media presentations. The book is divided into three sections.
The first, "Gendering Constructions," lays the groundwork for the volume by examining
the print media's presentation of gendered violence, female killers on Law and Order,
African American women in Hollywood films, and women in media, crime, and violence
textbooks. The second section, "Debating the Issues," explores aspects of femicide,
including mass murder incidents, domestic violence in Bangladesh, and wartime sexual
violence in reality and on television. The final section "Changing the Image," focuses
on efforts to replace masculine assumptions with constructive approaches to imagining
women. Designed for course adoption, Women, Violence, and the Media emphasizes the
key themes and critical skills required for media literacy, and the volume offers
guidelines for readers on conducting their own research.
No Silent Witness
The Eliot Parsonage Women And Their Unitarian World
by Cynthia Tucker
Department of English
This biography follows three generations of ministers’ daughters, mothers, and wives
in one of America’s most influential Unitarian dynasties: the family of Abby Adams
Cranch and William Greenleaf Eliot. Shifting the center of gravity from pulpits to
parsonages, and from confident sermons to whispered doubts, it humanizes the Eliot
saints, demystifies their liberal religion, and lifts up a largely unsung female vocation.
Spanning 150 years from the early 19th century forward, the narrative probes the women’s defining experiences: the deaths
of numerous children, the anguish of infertility, persistent financial worries, and
the juggling of the often competing demands that parishes make on first ladies.
Here, too, we see the matriarch’s granddaughters scripting larger lives as they skirt
traditional marriage and women’s usual roles in the church. They follow their hearts
into same-sex unions and blaze new trails as they carve out careers in public health
service and preschool education.
These stories are linked by the women’s continuing battles to speak and make themselves
heard over the thundering clerical wisdom that contradicts their reality.
Photographs, timelines, genealogical charts, and a family roster deepen the reader’s
engagement with this ambitious biography.