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Mineke Schipper

Mineke Schipper is emeritus professor of intercultural literature studies at the University of Leiden and the author of academic books, essays and novels, including Imagining Insiders. Africa and the Question of Belonging (1999). Her Never Marry a Woman with Big Feet (2004) was translated worldwide. She has also published three novels.

Trouw nooit een vrouw met grote voeten

Trouw nooit een vrouw met grote voeten

Wereldwijsheid over vrouwen

(Het Spectrum, 2004, 576 pagina's)

Countless ideas about women have been recorded over 27 the centuries in the most concise of all literary genres, the proverb. Mineke Schipper’s impressive study examines more than 15,000 sayings about women, drawn from 150 countries and more than 240 languages. They appear on crockery, tiles and clothing as well as in books, but most are passed on by word of mouth. Schipper arranges them by theme: the female body, the phases of a woman’s life as a girl, bride and wife and later as a mother and grandmother, and the joys and sorrows of love, sex and childbearing.

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In het begin was er niemand

In het begin was er niemand

Hoe het komt dat er mensen zijn

(Prometheus, 2010, 320 pagina's)

Did Adam and Eve come from Saudi Arabia? A taxi driver in Egypt tells Mineke Schipper they did, but it grew so hot there that they fled to south-east Africa, where scientists now believe humans originated. People everywhere have wondered about our beginnings. Who were our first ancestors? Why are there two sexes? Their answers can be found in myths of origin and in creation stories, of which the biblical version is but one example.

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Overal Adam en Eva

Overal Adam en Eva

De eerste mensen in jodendom, christendom en islam

(Prometheus, 2012, 350 pagina's)

God created Adam and Eve and so, according to the Bible, humanity began. The Koran likewise points to Adam and his wife as the first people. The creation story as referred to in their Holy Book by Jews, Christians and Muslims is the best known version, but there is astonishing variety of other stories about Adam and Eve. They have been passed down by word of mouth from one generation to the next, in all parts of the world. Mineke Schipper’s book is the first to deal with these mostly unfamiliar stories.

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Bloot of bedekt

Bloot of bedekt

Van niets om het lijf naar strak in het pak

(Prometheus, 2015, 277 pagina's)

What has happened to human beings since we walked naked across the savannah? We braved the cold, we loved being attractive, we learned how to make an impression – but above all we felt embarrassed. Embarrassment was the original motivation for covering up. It started with a judiciously placed strand of fibre, in some cases developing into a tent-like robe. In Covered or Uncovered Mineke Schipper describes attitudes to bodily exposure in different cultures.

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