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The Last Word: Women, Death, and Divination in Inner Mani

 
 
 
 
The Last Word: Women, Death, and Divination in Inner Mani
Author: C. Nadia Seremetakis
ISBN 13: 9780226748764
ISBN 10: 226748766
Edition: 1
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press
Publication Date: 1991-10-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 290
List Price: $40.00
 
 

Based on years of fieldwork in both rural and urban Greece, The Last Word explores women's cultural resistance as they weave together diverse social practices: improvised antiphonic laments, divinatory dreaming, the care and tending of olive trees and the dead, and the inscription of emotions and the senses on a landscape of persons, things, and places. These practices compose the empowering poetics of the cultural periphery. C. Nadia Seremetakis liberates the analysis of gender from reductive binary models and pioneers the alternative perspective of self-reflexive "native anthropology" in European ethnography.