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Foreign women, the femme fatale and children’s bibles

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ow are foreign women pictured in the typical children’s bible, and what does that communicate to the young reader?  In this presentation Cameron McKenzie, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Old Testament at Providence College, explores the ways in which representations of foreign women and/or evil women in children’s bibles continue to mark the otherness of these women.  He suggests that such illustrations are based in an iconography inherited from a 19th century French tradition of the ‘fille d’Eve’, with its connotations of temptation, eroticism and evil.

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