The Feminine and the Sacred

The Feminine and the Sacred

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The Feminine and the Sacred

In November 1996, Catherine Clément and Julia Kristeva began a correspondence exploring the subject of the sacred. In this collection of those letters Catherine Clément, writing from Dakar, Senegal, approaches the topic from an anthropologist´s point of view and Julia Kristeva responds from a psychoanalytic perspective. Their correspondence leads them to a controversial and fundamental question: is there anything sacred that can at the same time be considered strictly feminine?The two voices of the book work in tandem, fleshing out ideas, blending together into a melody of experience. Two women, writing to each other about two themes, have produced a dialogue that delves into the mysteries of a woman´s experience of belief, the relationship between faith and sexuality, the body and the senses -an experience, they argue, women feel with special intensity. Although their discourse is not necessarily about theology, Clément and Kristeva consider the role of women and femininity in the religions of the world, from Christianity and Judaism to Confucianism and African animism. The authors are the first to admit that what they have undertaken is "as impossible to accomplish as it is fascinating." Nevertheless, their lively, free-minded exchange succeeds in raising questions that are perhaps more important to ask than to answer.

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ISBN-13: 9780231115780
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Series: European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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