The idea and ideal of "beauty" has been used to oppress women of different ages, body types, skin color, and physical ability. The theoretical discussion of aesthetics has also been conditioned by these same dynamics of power and oppression. In She Who Imagines, a diverse set of scholars challenges the exclusion and false definitions while constructing capacious ideas that discover beauty in unexpected places.
In these essays, the authors draw on a variety of arts media-painting, photography, portraiture, craftwork, poetry, and hip-hop music-thereby joining beauty to truth and, in a richly defining way, to the practice of justice. In a variety of ways all the essays link women's definitions of beauty with experiences of suffering and hence with the yearning for justice. All clearly prize resistance to degradation as an essential element of thought.
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About the Author
Laurie Cassidy is associate professor of religious studies at Marywood University. She is co-editor of Interrupting White Privilege: Catholic Theologians Break the Silence (Orbis, 2007).
Maureen H. O'Connell is associate professor of theology at Fordham University. She is the author of If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice (Liturgical Press, 2012) and Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization(Orbis, 2009).
Table of Contents
Foreword Elizabeth A. Johnson vii
Introduction Laurie Cassidy Maureen H. O'Connell ix
Part 1 She Who Imagines
For the Beauty of the Earth: Women, Sacramentality, and Justice Susan A. Ross 3
Theological Aesthetics and the Encounter with Tonantzin Guadalupe Jeanette Rodriguez 17
Kollwitz: The Beauty and Brutality of the Pietà Jayme M. Hennessy 37
Contemplating the Landscapes of Motherhood: The Discovery of Beauty in a Place We Thought We Knew Colleen Mary Carpenter 53
Part 2 She Who Is Imagined
The Critical Aesthetics of Race M. Shawn Copeland 73
The Jennifer Effect: Race, Religion, and the Body Michelle A. Gonzalez 87
Picturing Suffering: The Moral Dilemmas in Gazing at Photographs of Human Anguish Laurie Cassidy 103
AIDS, Accountability, and Activism: The Beauty of Sue Williamson's Resistance Art Kimberly Vrudny 125
Part 3 She Who Imagines
Picturing Paradise: Imagination, Beauty, and Women's Lives in a Peruvian Shantytown Rebecca Berru Davis 145
A Harsh and Dreadful Beauty: The Aesthetic Dimension of Dorothy Day's Ethics Maureen H. O'Connell 161
Being Immaculate: Images of Oppression and Emancipation Mary Ann Zimmer 181
The Feminine Face of God Is My Face: On the Empowerment of Female Self-Portraiture Susie Paidik Babka 205
List of Contributors 225