Quintessence...Realizing the Archaic Future: A Radical Elemental Feminist Manifesto

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"Suffused with her inimitable word play and stunning intelligence, and embodying a balance of mysticism and critical theory, Daly's clarion call to uncover the quintessence of the universe is quite an intriguing tune." -On the Issues
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Overview

"Suffused with her inimitable word play and stunning intelligence, and embodying a balance of mysticism and critical theory, Daly's clarion call to uncover the quintessence of the universe is quite an intriguing tune." -On the Issues
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Editorial Reviews

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Brave and perceptive naming of what we're all facing on this planet, here at the end of the millennium.--Lise Weil, Women's Review of Books

"This is Mary Daly's masterpiece. In Western tradition, her only near-equal is the poet William Blake. Daly is a philosopher/artist of great strength and grace."--Andrea Dworkin

"This explosion by the principal progenitor of radical feminism is sure to infuriate those she has already enraged and endear her more deeply to those who will hear within her frantic, fierce-and often funny-manifesto a terrible and timely word. In this highly charged text, she looks back and forward at the same time and issues an urgent summons: 'Biophiliacs unite!' No one who worries about the present direction of genetics and cloning can afford to miss this important book."--Harvey Cox, author of Fire from Heaven

"Suffused by her inimitable word play and stunning intelligence, . . . Daly's clarion call to uncover the quintessence of the universe is quite an intriguing tune."--Elizabeth Millard, On the Issues

"[Quintessence] . . . examines the tremendous abuses women face at the end of the twentieth century, yet offers a "Far-Out Vision and Hope for Wanderlusting Women."--deJoly, Womyn's Words

"When Daly is angry, she is never simply angry. She leads beyond the anger to the joy."--Carol Anne Douglas, Off Our Backs

On the Go Series
Suffused with her inimitable word play and stunning intelligence, and embodying a balance of mysticism and critical theory, Daly's clarion call to uncover the quintessence of the universe is an intriguing tune.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Extending her work in Gyn/Ecology and Pure Lust, Daly here proposes new tools for defusing the weapons of patriarchy. Flashing forward into 2048 via the channelings of a young feminist named Annie, Daly finds that a group of women is planning on publishing a "50th anniversary edition" of Quintessence, which would also mark the 200th anniversary of the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, N.Y. This fictional device can be too precious, especially when the channeled author begins dancing with Annie's pets and sighing over the "patriarchal paralysis" of the late 20th century. However, it does present Daly's ideas in an accessible, amusing form. The parts of the book centering around contemporary issues are rife with straight political commentary mixed with fanciful eco-feminism and Daly's inimitable wordplay. With clarity and precision, she discusses the rhetoric of the Promise Keepers, the use of rape by the military in Bosnia and Rwanda, the threat of biological control that cloning could bring and the oppression of women by academia. An associate professor of theology at Boston College, Daly illuminates connections among mythology, religion and sociopolitical events with a piercing gaze and a pointing finger (and New Age-y illustrations by Sudie Rakusin). But she is less effective when her careful speculations careen into stream-of-consciousness manifesto, replete with changing vocabulary and flights from the text's point. For Daly fans, this is a must; others will find that her fast and furious ideas--however "biophilic"--induce a serious theory hangover, and will be content to wait for the 50th-anniversary edition.
Library Journal
Daly (Outercourse, LJ 1/93), the quintessential radical feminist, marks her 30th year of writing with the seventh in her series of explosive missals. Presented under the premise of being reissued in 2048, Quintessence centers around a series of "cosmic conversations" between Daly and Anonyma (Annie), a "Foresister of the Future" who is able to engage in trans-temporal communication with Daly back in the 1990s. In these exchanges, Daly documents a litany of male abuses of women and nature. Among the "phalleocentric atrocities" are genocidal rape, sexual mutilation and slavery, patriarchal religious fundamentalism, and postmodern feminist theory and other "mindbinding" tricks of "academentia." Daly delivers her metaphysical call to action using her trademark concocted words and alliterative phrases. This fiery manifesto is recommended for women's studies collections and those readers who are familiar with Daly's previous works and eccentric, exhilarating style.--Carol Ann McAllister, Coll. of William & Mary Lib., Williamsburg, VA
Booknews
Radical feminist Daly's latest expose of the abuses women face at the end of the 20th century, with commentary as though from a reissue half a century hence, remarking on the barbarity of the patriarchal past and the advances her book brought about. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
The New York Times
...[A]n extraordinary woman and...the foremost feminist theoretician in the U.S.
On the Go Series
Suffused with her inimitable word play and stunning intelligence, and embodying a balance of mysticism and critical theory, Daly's clarion call to uncover the quintessence of the universe is an intriguing tune.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807067918
  • Publisher: Beacon
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,006,900
  • Product dimensions: 6.01 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Daly is the passionately acclaimed, sometimes denounced, and always controversial radical feminist "philosopher, theologian, mythologist, explorer, pirate, warrior, witch, fairy and leprechaun" (The New York Times Book Review), whose writing is "alive with creative energy, impelled by an urgency of vision and infused with the 'outlandish reality that is present in everyday occurrences'" (Mary Jo Weaver, The New York Times Book Review). Her "feminist fire and brimstone . . . shocks and angers us to a new edge of feminism" (Valerie Miner, San Francisco Chronicle). Daly is professor of theology at Boston College.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2048 BE (Biophilic Era) Edition of Quintessence
Author's Introduction to the Original 1998 Edition 1
Ch. 1 The Fifth Spiral Galaxy: Expanding Here 27
Ch. 2 Nemesis and the Courage to Create 81
Ch. 3 Re-awakening the X-Factor/Faculty and Creating the Archaic Future 123
Ch. 4 The Fifth Element and the Fifth Direction 167
Ch. 5 Breaking into the Fifth Dimension: Dis-covering the Light of Quintessence 204
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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