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Cynthia L. Eller
Montclair State University (Montclair, NJ 07043-1624)
From Motherright to Gylany: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-2000

I'm requesting funding to complete the manuscript of a book tentatively entitled From Motherright to Gylany: The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory, 1861-2000. It will consist of an intellectual history of ideas of prehistoric matriarchy and goddess worship in Europe and America, focusing especially on how the myth of matriarchal prehistory developed, what interests it served, how it changed over time, and what notions of gender have remained stable across the 140 years of its existence. The book begins with the pioneering work of J. J. Bachofen, Motherright, and continues to the synthesis of matriarchal myth recently put forward by Riane Eisler (in The Chalice and the Blade), in which she refers to matriarchy as "gylany."

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Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2004 – 6/30/2005