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Women and Weasels


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Maurizio Bettini is professor of classical philology at the Universita degli Studi di Siena, Italy, and a regular visiting professor in the Department of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. Emlyn Eisenach is an independent scholar and translator and the author of Husbands, Wives, and Concubines: Marriage, Family, and Social Order in Sixteenth-Century Verona.


"The translation of Maurizio Bettini's Women and Weasels is a major event for classical studies, women's studies, and animal studies. Starting from a rather obscure Greek myth linking childbirth with the weasel, Bettini's remarkable erudition uncovers a lost world of human-animal relations that spans epochs and continents. Its seamless weave of folklore, mythography, anthropology, literary criticism, critical theory, and zoology is both a model of transdisciplinary achievement and an absorbing, brilliantly told tale for the everyday reader." -- "Mark Payne, University of Chicago"
"This is a book of sublime humanism, marrying investigative rigor and conspicuous compassion in a work that traces the persistent expression of an idea from archaic Greece, across classical and medieval Europe, to an early twentieth-century rural American South. That idea persists because it captures a desperation that lies at the very core of the survival-driven human species--the shadowed mystery and potential peril of the conception and bringing forth of one living body from another. Reading Women and Weasels, one is reminded again why Maurizio Bettini is recognized not only as one of Italy's leading public intellectuals but also as a scholar of uncommon sensitivity and perceptivity, supremely in touch with the life of ancient humanity."-- "Roger D. Woodard, University of Buffalo"

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