Transforming Scriptures: African American Women Writers and by Katherine Bassard

By Katherine Bassard

remodeling Scriptures is the 1st sustained therapy of African American girls writers’ highbrow, even theological, engagements with the publication Northrop Frye known as the “great code” of Western civilization. Katherine Clay Bassard seems at poetry, novels, speeches, sermons, and prayers via Maria W. Stewart, Frances Harper, Hannah Crafts, Harriet E. Wilson, Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Morrison, and Sherley Anne Williams and discusses how such texts reply as a collective “literary witness” to using the Bible for reasons of social domination. Black women’s historical encounters with the Bible have been, certainly, transformational; within the means of “turning cursing into blessing” those ladies have been either formed and reshaped by way of the scriptures they appropriated for his or her personal self-representation.

Two vital biblical figures grow to be key tropes round which ladies formed a counternarrative to the dominant culture’s “curse” on black girl id: the “talking mule” from Numbers 22 and the “black yet comely” Shulamite of tune of Songs, the Queen of Sheba. remodeling Scriptures analyzes those tropes inside a variety of contexts, from biblical justifications of slavery and the second-class prestige of girls to hermeneutical and post-structural opinions of the Bible. African American women’s appropriations of scripture happen inside of a continuum of African American Bible-reading practices and spiritual or ideological commitments, argues Bassard. there's hence no unmarried “black women’s hermeneutic”; really, theories of African American girls and the Bible needs to account for old and social swap and difference.

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Women and Exile in Contemporary Irish Fiction by Ellen McWilliams

By Ellen McWilliams

Ladies and Exile in modern Irish Fiction examines how modern Irish authors have taken up the historical past of the Irish girl migrant. It situates those writers' paintings on the subject of greater discourses of exile within the Irish literary culture and examines how they have interaction with the complicated historical past of Irish emigration.

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Divine Flesh, Embodied Word: Incarnation as a Hermeneutical by Anne-Claire Mulder

By Anne-Claire Mulder

What has Luce Irigaray’s assertion that ladies want a God to do along with her suggestions at the relation among physique and brain, or the practical and the intelligible?

Using the theological thought ‘incarnation’ as a hermeneutical key, Anne-Claire Mulder brings jointly and illuminates the interrelations among those diverse topics in Luce Irigaray’s paintings. Seesawing among Luce Irigaray’s critique of philosophical discourse and her optimistic philosophy, Mulder elucidates Irigaray’s suggestions at the kinfolk among ‘becoming lady’ and ‘becoming divine’. She indicates that Luce Irigaray’s restaging of the relation among the practical and the intelligible, among flesh and be aware, is essential to her reinterpretation of the relation among girl and God. In and during her interpretation of Luce Irigaray’s innovations at the flesh she argues that the relation among flesh and notice needs to be obvious as a dialectical one, rather than as a dualistic relation. which means ‘incarnation’ isn't any longer visible as a one-way means of note changing into flesh, yet as a continual strategy of flesh turning into note and observe turning into flesh. For all photographs and ideas – together with these of ‘God’ – are produced by means of the flesh, divine in its creativity inexhaustibility, according to the contact of the opposite. And those photographs, recommendations, phrases in flip develop into embodied, through touching and relocating the flesh of the topic.

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Home Matters: Longing and Belonging, Nostalgia and Mourning by R. Rubenstein

By R. Rubenstein

Regardless of its ordinarily regressive institutions with homesickness, the longing linked to nostalgia can also functionality steadily as a motor vehicle for imaginatively 'fixing' the earlier in senses: securing and mending or repairing. contemplating fiction through British and 6 American ladies writers of alternative generations and ethnicities, this examine explores tensions among domestic and exile, insider and outsider, longing and belonging, loss and restoration. Rubenstein argues that nostalgia services narratively as a method for interrogating not just notions of domestic, homesickness, and native land but additionally cultural historic dislocation, getting older, and ethical accountability. those narratives re-frame an important locus of outrage in modern (female) adventure: own and/or cultural dis-placement and eager for domestic are eventually transmuted - imaginatively, at the least - via a restorative imaginative and prescient that allows therapeutic and emotional fix.

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Religion, Reform, and Women's Writing in Early Modern by Kimberly Anne Coles

By Kimberly Anne Coles

Lengthy thought of marginal in early smooth tradition, ladies writers have been really primary to the improvement of a Protestant literary culture in England. Kimberly Anne Coles explores their contribution to this practice via thorough archival examine in book heritage and ebook movement; the interplay of women's texts with these written by way of males; and the traceable effect of women's writing upon different modern literary works. Focusing essentially upon Katherine Parr, Anne Askew, Mary Sidney Herbert, and Anne Vaughan Lok, Coles argues that the writings of those ladies have been one of the most well liked and influential works of sixteenth-century England. This ebook is filled with time-honored fabric and clean research for students of early sleek literature, tradition and non secular heritage.

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Cather Studies, Volume 5: Willa Cather's Ecological by Cather Studies, Susan J. Rosowski

By Cather Studies, Susan J. Rosowski

The wide-ranging essays accumulated during this quantity of Cather Studies study Willa Cather’s targeted inventive dating to the surroundings. less than the theoretical rubric of ecocriticism, those essays specialize in Cather’s shut observations of the wildlife and the way the surroundings proves, for many of those participants, to be greater than easily a environment for her characters. whereas it really is yes that Cather’s novels and brief tales are deeply grounded in position, literary critics are just now contemplating how position capabilities inside her narratives and addressing environmental matters via her writing.
 
These essays reintroduce us to a Cather who's profoundly pointed out with the areas that formed her and that she wrote approximately: Glen A. Love deals an interdisciplinary examining of The Professor’s House that's scientifically orientated; Joseph Urgo argues that My Ántonia versions a preservationist aesthetic within which panorama and reminiscence are inextricably entangled; Thomas J. Lyon posits that Cather had a dwelling feel of the biotic neighborhood and used nature because the ordinary of excellence for human endeavors; and Jan Goggans considers the ways in which My Ántonia shifts from nativism towards a “flexible suggestion of place-based community.”

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Literary Trauma: Sadism, Memory, and Sexual Violence in by Deborah M Horvitz

By Deborah M Horvitz

This publication examines portrayals of political and mental trauma, quite sexual trauma, within the paintings of 7 American ladies writers. focusing on novels through Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Pauline Hopkins, Gayl Jones, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dorothy Allison, Joyce Carol Oates, and Margaret Atwood, Horvitz investigates even if stories of violent and oppressive trauma may be preserved, even remodeled into artwork, with no reproducing that violence. The ebook incorporates a wide variety of non-public and political traumas, together with household abuse, incest, rape, imprisonment, and slavery, and argues that an research of sadomasochistic violence is our greatest security opposed to cyclical, intergenerational violence, a very well timed and demanding topic as we expect approximately easy methods to cease "hate" crimes and different kinds of political and psychic oppression.

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