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Like a Captive Bird: Gender and Virtue in PlutarchLunette Warren
The full extent of Plutarch’s moral educational program remains largely understudied, at least in those aspects pertaining to women and the gendered other. As a result, scholarship on his views on women have differed significantly in their conclusions, with some scholars suggesting that he is overwhelmingly positive towards women and marriage and perhaps even a “precursor to feminism,” and others arguing that he was rather negative on the issue. Like a Captive Bird: Gender and Virtue in Plutarch is an examination of these educational methods employed in Plutarch’s work to regulate the expression of gender identity in women and men.
In six chapters, author Lunette Warren analyzes Plutarch’s ideas about women and gender in Moralia and Lives. The book examines the divergences between real and ideal, the aims and methods of moral philosophy and psychagogic practice as they relate to identity formation, and Plutarch’s theoretical philosophy and metaphysics. It is aimed at scholars of Plutarch, ancient philosophy, and ancient gender studies, especially those who are interested in feminist studies of antiquity.
Lunette Warren is an historian, writer and independent scholar. They received their PhD in Ancient Cultures at Stellenbosch University in 2016, and then went on to hold two postdoctoral research fellowships at the same department. Their work covers a wide range of topics related to gender and ethics. They currently work as an historian creating interactive digital textbooks.
- 978-1-64315-040-6 (open access)
- 978-1-64315-039-0 (paper)