The Feminine and the Sacred / Edition 1

The Feminine and the Sacred / Edition 1

by Catherine Clement, Julia Kristeva
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231115792

ISBN-13: 9780231115797

Pub. Date: 04/02/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

In November 1996, Catherine Clément and Julia Kristeva began a correspondence exploring the subject of the sacred. In this collection of those letters Catherine Clément approaches the topic from an anthropologist's point of view while Julia Kristeva responds from a psychoanalytic perspective. Their correspondence leads them to a controversial and

Overview

In November 1996, Catherine Clément and Julia Kristeva began a correspondence exploring the subject of the sacred. In this collection of those letters Catherine Clément approaches the topic from an anthropologist's point of view while Julia Kristeva responds from a psychoanalytic perspective. Their correspondence leads them to a controversial and fundamental question: is there anything sacred that can at the same time be considered strictly feminine?

The two voices of the book work in tandem, fleshing out ideas and blending together into a melody of experience. The result is a dialogue that delves into the mysteries of belief--the relationship between faith and sexuality, the body and the senses--which, Clément and Kristeva argue, women feel with special intensity.

Although their discourse is not necessarily about theology, the authors consider the role of women and femininity in the religions of the world, from Christianity and Judaism to Confucianism and African animism. They are the first to admit that what they have undertaken is "as impossible to accomplish as it is fascinating." Nevertheless, their wide-ranging and exhilarating dialogue succeeds in raising questions that are perhaps more important to ask than to answer.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231115797
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
04/02/2003
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
4.94(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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