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The personal narratives of nine 20th-century Catholic female authorsMonica Baldwin, Antonia White, Mary McCarthy, Mary Gordon, Mary Daly, Barbara Ferraro, Patricia Hussey, Karen Armstrong, and Patricia Hamplspeak eloquently about the process of departure from the church and its institutions. This study explores each author’s breaking of the taboo associated with women leaving their "proper place." It locates five themes at the heart of all of their narratives: reversal, boundary crossing, diaspora, renaming, and recycling. Debra Campbell grapples with the spirituality of departure depicted by all nine women, for whom the very process of leaving Catholic institutions is a Catholic enterprise. These narratives support the popular maxim that no one ever really leaves the church. In the final chapter, Campbell examines narratives of return, confirming the book’s overarching theme that neither departure nor return is ever finished.
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About the Author
Debra Campbell is Professor of Religious Studies at Colby College, and co-author (with R. Scott Appleby, Patricia Byrne, and Jay P. Dolan) of Transforming Parish Ministry. She lives in Waterville, Maine.
Table of Contents
Preliminary Table of Contents:
1. "I Leap Over the Wall"
2. Falling Away or Crossing Over?
Antonia White, Frost in May
Mary McCarthy, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood
Mary Gordon, Final Payments
3. Be-ing Is Be/Leaving
4. A Nun Forever: Two Post-Vatican II Convent-Departure Narratives
Karen Armstrong, Through the Narrow Gate
Barbara Ferraro and Patricia Hussey, No Turning Back
5. Coming Home