Gossip and Gender

The dissertation by the Norwegian scholar Marianne Bjelland Kartzow (a former student of mine, way back in Volda) is now available, being published by De Gruyter this fall:

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow,
Gossip and Gender: Othering of Speech in the Pastoral Epistles (Beihefte Zur Zeitschrift Fur Die Neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der Alteren Kirche) Walter de Gruyter & Co, Oct 2009. 300p. £89.95.

Product description: “The frequent comments about gossip in the Pastoral Epistles are noteworthy, and it often has gender implications. Insights from the growing field of gossip studies from multiple disciplines help to interpret what role gossip plays, especially in relation to how power and authority are distributed and promoted. A presentation of various texts from antiquity shows that the relation between gossip and gender is multiple and complex: to gossip was typical for all women and risky for elite men who constantly had to defend their masculinity. The ancient gossip discourse helps to understand more of the social dynamics of early Christianity, to fill in the imaginative picture and generate ideas to how Christian identity and theology were constructed. ”

Marianne B Kartzow is presently a post-doctor researcher at the University of Oslo, working within a project called Jesus in cultural complexity:Interpretation, memory and identification, A research project that attempts to construct a new paradigm of historical Jesus studies.