The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays

Hardcover | October 15, 2007

EditorJeana Delrosso

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This collection covers varied perspectives on both canonical and lesser-known Catholic women writers, all focusing on unruliness in what is commonly thought of as a restrictive site of writing for women: Catholicism. This volume is comprised of fourteen selected essays divided into three main sections by chronology:  (1) medieval through the seventeenth centuries; (2) eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; and (3) the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Geared towards scholars of literary criticism and women’s studies, this collection addresses issues of gender and religion that remain central to the lives of many women living in the world today.

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This collection covers varied perspectives on both canonical and lesser-known Catholic women writers, all focusing on unruliness in what is commonly thought of as a restrictive site of writing for women: Catholicism. This volume is comprised of fourteen selected essays divided into three main sections by chronology:  (1) medieval throu...

Jeana DelRosso is Chair of the English Department and Associate Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She has previously published Writing Catholic Women: Contemporary International Catholic Girlhood Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan 2005) and her articles have appeared in NWSA Journal and MEL...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.63 inPublished:October 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230600255

ISBN - 13:9780230600256

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Unruly Catholic Women Writers Through the Centuries--Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Ana Kothe * Female as Flesh in the Later Middle Ages and the 'Bodily Knowing' of Angela of Foligno--Jennifer Judge * 'I grab the microphone and move my body' - Volatile Speech, Volatile Bodies, and the Church's Attempt to Measure Holiness--Mary Catherine Bodden * Letters from the Convent: St. Teresa of Ávila's Epistolary Mode--Joan Cammarata * Talking Out of Church: Women Arguing Theology in Sor Juana's loa to the Divino Narciso--Jeanne Gillespie * Angela Carranza, Would-Be Theologian--Stacey Schlau * Resituating Carvajal's Vida in Protonovelistic Narratives--Ana Kothe * Through the Grate; Or, English Convents and the Transmission and Preservation of Female Catholic Recusant History--Tonya Moutray McArthur * 'Must her own words do all?': Domesticity, Catholicism and Activism in Adelaide Anne Procter's Poems--Cheri Larsen Hoeckley * The Legacy of Laveau in the Practice of Helen Prejean: The Tradition and Territory of New Orleans Spiritual Advisors--Barbara Eckstein * 'Reluctant Catholics': Contemporary Irish-American Women Writers--Sally Ebest * Marie-Claire Blais Revises John Keats:  Sadean Moments and Anti-Catholic Sentiment in Une saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel--Ben P. Robertson * Catholicism's Other(ed) Holy Trinity: Race, Class, and Gender in Black Catholic Girl School Narratives--Jeana DelRosso * Challenging Catholicism: Hagar vs. the Virgin in Graciela Limón's The Memories of Ana Calderón--Mary Jane Suero-Elliott * Dis-robing the Priest: Gender and Spiritual Conversions in Louise Erdrich's The Last Report on the Miracle at Little No Horse--Pamela Rader
 

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"Dedicated to 'unruly women everywhere,' this collection of essays is as provacative as it is academic. Who would expect a collection of scholarly writings about Catholicism to include chapters titled, 'I Grab the Microphone and Move My Body' and 'Dis-robing the Priest'? But my favorite essay cites correlation in the work of sister Helen Prejean (of Dead Man Walking fame) and that of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Who knew?"--John Lewis, Balitmore Magazine "This is a sophisticated, varied, and provocative collection that captures the current debates about the Catholic Church and women--whether misogynist and oppressive or ultimately liberatory--and applies that range of positions to a wonderful range of writings by Catholic women writers from many traditions--Renaissance English and Spanish, United States, Canadian, French, Native American, Caribbean, and Mexican-American. It will be a welcome addition to the field."--Jane L. Donawerth, University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher; Co-editor of the journal, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal