The Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Superiors, and the Paradox of Power, 1693-1796 by Colleen Gray | NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
The Congregation de Notre-Dame, Superiors, and the Paradox of Power, 1693-1796

The Congregation de Notre-Dame, Superiors, and the Paradox of Power, 1693-1796

by Colleen Gray
     
 

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Nuns have often been portrayed as nascent feminists wielding an exceptional amount of power. In this formative study of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame - a religious community of uncloistered women established in Montreal in 1657 - Colleen Gray presents a more nuanced view of the foundations and exercise of power within the convent.

Gray focuses on the

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Nuns have often been portrayed as nascent feminists wielding an exceptional amount of power. In this formative study of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame - a religious community of uncloistered women established in Montreal in 1657 - Colleen Gray presents a more nuanced view of the foundations and exercise of power within the convent.

Gray focuses on the social, administrative, political, and spiritual dimensions of the lives of three Congrégation superiors - Marie Barbier, Marie-Josèphe Maugue-Garreau, and Marie Raizenne. By exploring the implications of the hierarchies of power within the convent and providing a thorough analysis of the convent's relationship with the social, religious, and governmental structures that surrounded it - taking into account both medieval and Catholic Reformation Europe and seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Canada - Gray reveals the paradoxes inherent in the position of a female superior within the male-dominated sphere of both the church and the larger secular community.

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame, Superiors, and the Paradox of Power, 1693-1796 not only reconstructs a vanished world but also provides great insight into the organization of institutional structures and the complex aspects of power within them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773574724
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
10/25/2007
Series:
McGill-Queen's Studies in the History of Religion
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Colleen Gray is adjunct professor, Canadian history, Queen's University.

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