The Hostess: Hospitality, Femininity, and the Expropriation of Identity

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The evolution of the idea of hospitality can be traced alongside the development of Western civilization. Etymologically, the host is the "master," but this identity is established through expropriation and loss--the best host is the one who gives the most, ultimately relinquishing what defines him as master.In The Hostess, Tracy McNulty asks, What are the implications for personhood of sharing a person--a wife or daughter--as an act of hospitality? In many traditions, the hostess is viewed not as a subject but as the ...

Hostess: Hospitality, Femininity, and the Expropriation of Identity 2006, Univ of Chicago Behalf of Minnesota Univ Pres, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9780816647415

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