Chanting the Feminine Down: A Psychological, Religious, and Historical Novel

Chanting the Feminine Down: A Psychological, Religious, and Historical Novel


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Chanting the Feminine Down is at heart the painful journey of Colette, a young woman who struggles to come to grips with her Catholicism, her psychology and her soul. Vast in scope and coverage, the novel is a journey through history, mythology and time with the female protagonist searching for shards of the feminine in the Christian tradition while wrestling with the shadow of her own demons. Colette's travels, musings and reflections take her from the present day to the various Catholic Church councils, making side trips with Boccaccio and the Renaissance crowd who found energy and creativity in Plotinus and other Neoplatonists.

While Chanting is a religious and psychological novel, the bedrock of the narrative is personal and interior, as is reflected in the dozens of dreams experienced by the heroine which serve as a counterpoint to and a mirror of her bouts with doctrine. Principles of Jungian psychology add meaning and perspective both to her history and to events from the far past.

Finally, Chanting is also a feminist novel, not only because of the persona of the protagonist, but because she embraces heroic feminists throughout the ages who have stood up to patriarchy and the church. But for Colette, where will this embrace lead?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781979059909
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/27/2017
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

James C. McCullagh is a writer, editor, poet, and media specialist. He has worked in international publishing for over thirty years, launching magazines, web and related digital businesses in Brazil, China, India, the UK, South Korea, Romania, Mexico and elsewhere, for Rodale, Hachette, Scientific American, the Magazine Media Association and Qualcomm. He was the founding editor of Bicycling Magazine, launch publisher for the first international edition of Men's Health in the UK, and responsible for one of the first digital magazine subscription efforts in Brazil.
He has written and edited more than a dozen books with Rodale, Dell, Warner Books and CreateSpace on subjects ranging from solar greenhouses to appropriate technology to cycling for fitness. He has published three novels with CreateSpace: The Sirens of Vulture Creek, Limey Down and USS Bunker Kills: A Sea Story and three books of poems: Set Pieces of the Feminine and In the Shadow of the DMZ (paperback) and The Archetype of the Gun (Kindle). He was born in London, served in the U.S., Navy, and received a PhD from Lehigh University. More information at

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