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Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christian Literature

Meghan R. Henning

Abstract

Engaging ancient medical texts, inscriptions, ancient philosophy, early church fathers, and apocalypses, this book demonstrates that early Christian depictions of hell intensified and preserved ancient notions of gender and bodily normativity. Whereas heaven uses ancient categories of the body to construct identity, in hell the stakes are higher-the damned look like the bodies of living women and people with disabilities, and they are punished after death in spaces that mirror real carceral spaces, criminalizing those bodies on earth. Hell Hath No Fury uncovers the relationship between textual ... More

Keywords: Afterlife, Hell, Gender, Disability, Apocalypse, Mary, Ancient Medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300223118
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300223118.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meghan R. Henning, author
University of Dayton