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The Feminine and the Sacred - Catherine Clement

Hardcover Published: 11th June 2001
ISBN: 9780333969175
Number Of Pages: 190
For Ages: 22+ years old

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In November 1996, Catherine Clement and Julia Kristeva began a correspondence exploring the subject of the sacred. In this collection of those letters Catherine Clement, 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, Clement 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.

Industry Reviews

'This exchange of letters offers all the suspense of a debate and, at the same time, the warmth - in both senses - of a conversation. Clement and Kristeva develop and double back on their respective positions passionately, but also generously, and without closure. In consequence, both move a little, echoing and differing by turns, as they discuss political resistance, mysticism, bisexuality, motherhood, love and death. This book is evidence that dissension can produce brilliant insights. I had difficulty in putting it down.' -

Professor Catherine Belsey, Cardiff University

The...book is...exhilirating. I opened The Feminine and the Sacred with no great expectation that it would prove illuminating. I was wrong.' - Richard Poole, The Welsh Internationalist

'This exciting and passionate book confronts two controversial topics and brings them into creative juxtaposition...rich correspondence shows that there is still a great deal of mileage in the notion of sacredness, and that women can play an important role in its restoration.' - Karen Armstrong, The Independent

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ISBN: 9780333969175
ISBN-10: 0333969170
Audience: General
For Ages: 22+ years old
For Grades: 17+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 190
Published: 11th June 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1