Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

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Overview

Women have been writing in the Catholic tradition since early medieval times, yet no single volume has brought together critical evaluations of their works until now. The first reference of its kind, Catholic Women Writers provides entries on 64 Catholic women writers from around the world and across the centuries. Each of the entries is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography of the author; a critical discussion of her works, especially her Catholic and women's themes; an overview of her critical reception; and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Authors writing in all genres, including fiction, autobiography, poetry, children's literature, and essays, are represented. The entries give special attention to the authors' use of Catholic themes, structures, traditions, culture, and spirituality. The writers surveyed range from Doctors of the Church to mystics and visionaries, to those who employ Catholic themes primarily in historical and cultural contexts, to those who critique the tradition. An introductory essay places the writers within the historical and literary contexts of women's writing in the Catholic tradition, and the volume closes with a selected, general bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313311475
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2001
  • Pages: 458
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY R. REICHARDT is Professor of English and Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she directs the Master's Program in Catholic Studies.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Margaret Mary Alacoque 1
Julia Alvarez 7
Angela of Foligno 13
Katherine Burton 18
Elizabeth Cary 24
Madre Castillo 29
Willa Cather 34
Catherine of Genoa 41
Catherine of Siena 46
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha 52
Sandra Cisneros 57
Clare of Assisi 63
Judith Ortiz Cofer 68
Elizabeth Cullinan 74
Dorothy Day 81
Annie Dillard 89
Louise Erdrich 95
Rosario Ferre 102
Lady Georgiana Fullerton 108
Rumer Godden 114
Caroline Gordon 121
Mary Gordon 125
Louise Imogen Guiney 136
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