Dying to Be Men successfully conveys the surprising and subversive ways early Christian martyrologies appropriated the notion of masculinity... Recommended.
Overall, Dying to be Men is a well-written and worthwhile contribution to the growing number of studies on the function of gender in early Christian texts.
(Colleen M. Conway Church History
This book is to be commended for its lucid articulation of the question of gendered presentations in the martyr acts and its efforts to answer this question with a clear, consistent thesis.
(Taylor Petrey Biblical Theology Bulletin
Dying to Be Men is exemplary of the kind of work sex/gender theory can do in historical research.
(Amy Hollywood, Harvard University)|
In Dying to Be Men, gendered language is neither incidental nor metaphorical. Rather, claims to masculinity and reinscriptions of femininity form the bedrock of Roman identity and, in a move both imitative and subversive, the foundations of Christian communal subjectivity. At the center of the study lie the powerful texts of Christian martyrdom, but L. Stephanie Cobb also draws on a variety of sourcesphilosophical, medical, Christian, Jewish, 'classical,' and 'postclassical'to articulate an entire world and make clear the way that gender as an analytical category and site of contestation permeated Roman life and Christian textuality.
(Andrew S. Jacobs, University of California, Riverside)