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Grumpy Old Men?: Gender, Gerontology, and the Geriatrics of Soul in John Chrysostom

De Wet, Chris (2016) Grumpy Old Men?: Gender, Gerontology, and the Geriatrics of Soul in John Chrysostom. Journal of Early Christian Studies, 24 (4). pp. 491-521. ISSN 1067-6341

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Abstract

This article analyzes old age in the thought of John Chrysostom, specifically asking: what role does the discourse of old age play in the formation of masculinity in Chrysostom, and what was its place and function in Christian society? And how can the body of the old man transcend its symbolic links with weakness, femininity, and sin, and even serve as a symbol of new Christian masculinity? In order to address these issues, the article proposes the theoretical framework of gerotranscendence for approaching old age in late ancient Christianity. Senescence is initially examined as a problem of masculinity, with special emphasis on its relation to physical frailty, femininity, and sin. Thereafter, the study proposes that Chrysostom views the gerotranscendent male body—that is, the man who has mastered his bodily passions and transcended the challenges of old age—as the new standard for ideal masculinity, especially for the youth.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Gender, Gerontology, Geriatrics, John Chrysostom
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2018 05:22
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2018 05:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3317

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