Of Women Borne: A Literary Ethics of Suffering

Hardcover | March 8, 2016

byCynthia R. Wallace

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The literature of Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie teaches a risky, self-giving way of reading (and being) that brings home the dangers and the possibilities of suffering as an ethical good. Working the thought of feminist theologians and philosophers into an analysis of these women's writings, Cynthia R. Wallace crafts a literary ethics attentive to the paradoxes of critique and re-vision, universality and particularity, and reads in suffering a redemptive or redeemable reality.

Wallace's approach recognizes the generative interplay between ethical form and content in literature, which helps isolate more distinctly the gendered and religious echoes of suffering and sacrifice in Western culture. By refracting these resonances through the work of feminists and theologians of color, her book also shows the value of broad-ranging ethical explorations into literature, with their power to redefine theories of reading and the nature of our responsibility to art and each other.

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The literature of Adrienne Rich, Toni Morrison, Ana Castillo, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie teaches a risky, self-giving way of reading (and being) that brings home the dangers and the possibilities of suffering as an ethical good. Working the thought of feminist theologians and philosophers into an analysis of these women's writings, ...

Cynthia R. Wallace is assistant professor of English at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 8, 2016Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231173687

ISBN - 13:9780231173681

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Table of Contents

Preface: If We Could Learn to Learn from PainAcknowledgments1. History (Herstory) and Theory, or Doing Justice to Redemptive Suffering2. Adrienne Rich and the "Long Dialogue Between Art and Justice"3. Love and Mercy: Toni Morrison's Paradox of Redemptive Suffering4. Ana Castillo, Mexican M.O.M.A.S., and a Hermeneutic of Liberation5. Silent (in the Face of) Suffering? Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Postcolonial Cultural HermeneuticsConclusion: Learning to LearnNotesBibliographyList of CreditsIndex

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This graceful book is by turns meditative and personal, critical and analytical. Through interdisciplinary conversation with theology and critical theories, Of Women Borne advocates an ethical reading practice of openness, receptivity, attentive care for detail, interpretative humility, and generosity tempered by a suspicion of the capability of our reading and writing to reinscribe the very ills we seek to eradicate.