Writing Catholic Women: Contemporary International Catholic Girlhood Narratives / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $17.24
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 83%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $17.24   
  • New (4) from $57.82   
  • Used (4) from $17.24   


This work examines the interplay of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality through the lens of Catholicism in a wide range of works by women writers, forging interdisciplinary connections among women's studies, religion, and late twentieth-century literature. Discussing a diverse group of authors, Jeana DelRosso posits that the girlhood narratives of such writers constitute highly charged sites of their differing gestures toward Catholicism and argues that an understanding of the ways in which women write about religion from different cultural and racial contexts offers a crucial contribution to current discussions in gender, ethnic, and cultural studies.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Review from Choice:
This book's brevity (together with its spider-speck print and prissy dust jacket) utterly belies the wit, energy, and robustness of both subject and treatment. In fact, DelRosso (College of Notre Dame of Maryland) offers a ranging exploration of recent literary representations of formative Catholic experience for women. Carrying the discussion beyond Elizabeth Evasdaughter's Catholic Girlhood Narratives (CH, Nov'96, 34-1357) and across genres and national boundaries, the author surprises the reader with the texts she treats as essentially Catholic--works by Isabella Allende, Shirley Goek-Lin Lim, Mary Gordon, Audre Lord, among others more obvious. Describing her approach as "polemically radical," DelRosso reveals the near-unbearable demands on girls/women built into Catholic orthodoxy and uncovers in these texts the rich veins of resistance, rebellion, comic subversion, and "religious syncretism" that defy canonical strictures and oblige one to rethink what it means to be Catholic in the 21st century. Though this reviewer wonders at certain omissions (e.g., recent rich Italian American women's writing), finding writers like Francine Prose, Ana Castillo, Edna O'Brien, Regina Barreca, Rigoberta Menchu , and Gish Jen in "conversation" under the same roof compensates and will invite lively discourse among readers in literature and religious studies. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty; general readers. --- F. Alaya, emerita, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403967572
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/6/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeana DelRosso is an Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction: Contemporary International Catholic Literature by Women
• Sin, Sexuality, Selfhood, Sainthood, Insanity: Contemporary Catholic Girlhood Narratives
• The Convent as Colonist: Catholicism in the Works of Contemporary Women Writers of the Americas
• Catholicism's Other(ed) Holy Trinity: Race, Class, and Gender in Black Catholic Girl School Narratives
• Catholicism and Magical Realism: Religious Syncretism in the Works of Contemporary Women Writers
• What's So Funny?: Feminism, Catholicism, and Humor in Contemporary Women's Literature
• Conclusion: Parting Thoughts from a Catholic Girl

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)