1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Eve

Edited By Caroline Blyth, Emily Colgan Copyright 2024
    464 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Eve is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary collection which explores the history of interpretation that surrounds Eve’s character in both religious writings and cultural texts.

    The primary themes discussed in the volume include the religious, historical, and cultural ideologies that have influenced interpretations of Eve, as well as the cultural impact of these interpretations on gender identities and injustices. Chapters trace the evolution of Eve’s interpretive history from ancient biblical texts up to the present day. The contributors engage with both traditional modes of inquiry in text-based religious research as well as the newer fields of reception history and cultural criticism to explore the rich history of interpretation and reception surrounding Eve, as well as the cultural and historical impact these interpretations have had on women’s religious and social lives across space and time.

    The Routledge Companion to Eve is an original and important collection which will equip readers to begin their own explorations of Eve’s extraordinary legacy. It will be an invaluable resource for scholars of Gender Studies, Biblical Studies, Theology, Religion and Gender, Literary Studies, History of Art, and Cultural Studies.


    Caroline Blyth and Emily Colgan


    Part I: Eve’s Interpretative Afterlives in Religious Texts and Traditions

    1. Eve in the Hebrew Bible

    Carol Meyers

    2. Eve in the New Testament

    Michael Scott Robertson

    3. Because of Her We All Die: Eve in Early Jewish and Early Christian Reception

    Sara Parks

    4. The Rape of Eve in Three Nag Hammadi Texts

    Celene Lillie

    5. Disruption, Disorder, and Death: Eve (and Lilith) in Classical Rabbinic Literature

    Barbara Thiede

    6. Ḥawwāʾ: Eve in medieval Islamic sources

    Zohar Hadromi-Allouche

    Part II: Eve’s Cultural Afterlives in Literature, Music, and Visual Culture

    6. "Since God formed the first woman from Adam’s rib": Traces of Eve in Medieval French Romance

    Tracy Adams

    7. Eve in Milton’s Paradise Lost

    David Urban

    8. "Daughters of Eve": Eve’s Complex Legacy in Early Modern English Conduct Guides and Polemical Pamphlets

    Hannah Bormann

    9. Reading Eve in Victorian Literature: Revisiting the Fallen Woman and the Angel in the House

    Alison Jack

    10. New Eves for Old: Revisioning Eve in Second-Wave Feminist Fiction

    Jeanette King

    11. Tomorrow’s Eves: Figurations in and around Feminist SF

    Rhiannon Graybill

    12. Sex, Lies, and Disobedience: Eve in the Evangelical Christian Imagination

    Caroline Blyth and Emily Colgan

    13. The Reception of Eve in Music

    Siobhán Dowling Long

    14. "Beautiful to Look Upon, Contaminating to the Touch, and Deadly to Keep": On the Iconology of Eve in Western Christian Art

    Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

    15. The Depiction of Eve in Russian Icons

    Marina Pasichnik

    16. "If Eve ain't in your garden": Queering Eve in Modern and Contemporary Art

    Maryanne Saunders

    17. Troubling Eden: Eve and Adam in Advertising

    Shelly Colette

    18. All About Eve: Twenty-First Century Television Goes Back to the Beginning

    Holly Morse


    Part III: Eve’s Contextual and Hermeneutical Afterlives

    19. Eve in the Backyard of the Earth: Ancestralities of Words, Trees, and Women

    Nancy Cardoso

    20. Eve Meets Medusa

    Yael Cameron

    21. Re-Imagining Eve: An Eco-Womanist Reading of the Mother of Humanity as Wise and Eco-conscious

    Ericka Shawndricka Dunbar

    22. Beyond Eve and Eden: The Theopoetics of Genesis 2–3

    Lizette Tapia-Raquel

    23. Homing Woman-Eve in Native World(view)s: A Moana Reading

    Jione Havea

    24. Restor(e)ying Eve and the Serpent

    Brian Kolia

    25. Eve and the Punishment of Heterosexuality

    Chris Greenough

    26. Eve and Psychoanalytic Approaches

    Johanna Stiebert



    Caroline Blyth is a writer and editor currently based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her recent publications include Reimagining Delilah’s Afterlives as Femme Fatale (2017), The Bible in Crime Fiction and Drama (co-edited with Alison Jack, 2019), and Rape Culture, Purity Culture and Coercive Control in Teen Girl Bibles (2021).

    Emily Colgan is Manukura/Principal at St John’s College, Hoani Tapu te Kaikauwhau i te Rongopai, Aotearoa New Zealand. Recent publications include a multi-volume work, co-edited with Caroline Blyth and Katie Edwards, entitled Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion (2018).