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French Feminists on Religion: A Reader by Morny Joy

French Feminists on Religion: A Reader offers the first representative selection of important writings by French feminist thinkers on the topic of religion, including the most influential and provocative texts on the subject from Luce Irigaray, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous, Monique Wittig and Catherine Clément. Each thinker is introduced by a bibliographical preface, while individual essays are preceded by an editorial commentary explaining the context and significance of each piece for the study of religion.
The collected texts cover a broad range of religious practices and discourses focusing primarily on Jewish and Christian concerns, but including elements of ancient Goddess traditions, Witchcraft, Hinduism and Buddhism. Critically examined themes include:
* Jewish and Christian notions of sin, defilement, purity and redemption;
* the relationship between subjectivity and divinity, as conceived in the feminine;
* the feminist re-imaging of the Virgin Mary, and of Catholic theologies of love;
* the repression of the maternal in Judeo-Christian culture.
Brought together for the first time in French Feminist on Religion: A Reader, these essays demonstrate the central importance of French feminism for the study of religion, and at the same time make evident the significance of religious themes, figures and concepts to the world of French feminists.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415215381
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/29/2001
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Morny Joy is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary. She has edited numerous collections on women and religion and is currently writing a book on Luce Irigaray. Kathleen O'Grady is a Research Associate at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal and is the editor of Bodies, Voices, Lives: Gender and Theology . Judith Poxon teaches at the University of Syracuse. She is a contributor to Routledge's Encyclopedia of Postmodernism and with Kathleen O'Grady, moderates the electronic discussion list on French feminist thought.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Catherine Clément
Translation by Sharon Hackett and Morny Joy
Introduction: "French Feminists and Religion"
Part One: Luce Irigaray
1. Plato's Hysteria [abridged] from Speculum of the Other Woman
2. La Mystérique from Speculum of the Other Woman
3. Divine Women [abridged] from Sexes and Genealogies
4. When the Gods Are Born [abridged] from Marine Lover of Friedrich Nietzsche
5. Sexual Difference [abridged] from An Ethics of Sexual Difference
6. The Forgotten Mystery of Female Ancestry [abridged] from Thinking the Difference
7. Practical Teachings: Love- Between Passion and Civility [abridged] from I Love to You
Part Two: Julia Kristeva
8. Approaching Abjection [abridged] and Semiotics of Biblical Abomination [abridged] from Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
9. Credence-Credit and Credo [abridged] from In the Beginning Was Love: Psychoanalysis and Faith
10. Stabat Mater from Tales of Love
11. Psychoanalysis- A Counterdepressant [abridged] and Holbein's Dead Christ [abridged] from Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia
12. The Chosen People and the Choice of Foreignness from Strangers to Ourselves
13. Reading the Bible from New Maladies of the Soul
Part Three: Catherine Clément
14. Sorceress and Hysteric [abridged] from The Newly Born Woman
15. The Child, the Savage [abridged] from The Newly Born Woman
16. Where Am I? [abridged] from Syncope
17. Jouissances: Between the Angel and the Placenta [abridged] from SyncopePart Four: Hélèe Cixous
18. Sorties [abridged] from The Newly Born Woman
19. The Author inTruth [abridged] from "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays
20. Coming to Writing [abridged] from "Coming to Writing" and Other Essays
21. Grace and Innocence: Heinrich von Kleist [abridged] from Readings: The Poetics of Blanchot, Joyce, Kafka, Kleist, Lispector, and Tsvetayeva
22. School of Dreams [abridged] from Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing
23. Writing Blind [abridged] from Stigmata
Part Five: Monique Wittig
24. Excerpts from The Lesbian Body

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