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A Consideration of Gender Roles and Relations in the Aegean Bronze Age Interpreted from Gestures and Proxemics in Art

Susan E. Poole
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202 pages, Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. 4 tables, 209 figures. With additional material online (Appendices I, II and III, additional tables and illustration of Part II)
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UCL Institute of Archaeology PhD Series, 3
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This monograph analyses human figures that appear in Aegean Bronze Age art, considering the roles and relations between genders, and interpreting differential status or power implications. Susan E. Poole studies a comprehensive range of figures that appear on wall paintings, glyptics (seals, seal impressions and finger rings), and some three-dimensional objects. The gestures and postures displayed in the body language are examined, together with placements and orientations between the figures. The author considers the way figures occupy their surrounding space, possible gender distinct activities, the seating of figures, and processions. A structural iconographic method is used to interpret the material, together with ethological, sociological and linguistic approaches, and a combination of qualitative and quantitative analysis is applied. The research includes a rich corpus of images from a wide range of sources to illustrate observations.

Susan Poole was awarded her PhD and MA (Distinction) in Archaeology from University College London for her analysis of human figures in Aegean art. She has a BA in Philosophy, a Diploma in Classics, and an MA in Fine Art. Susan is also an award-winning artist of international standing: www.susanpoole.co.uk

‘Poole has made very good sense of this body of material, achieving genuinely new insights.’ Professor John Bennet, University of Sheffield

Table of Contents (S2980_9781407354286_ToC.pdf, 122 Kb) [Download]

Introduction (S2980_9781407354286_Introduction.pdf, 637 Kb) [Download]