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Women and the Word : Contemporary Women Novelists and the Bible - J. King

Women and the Word

Contemporary Women Novelists and the Bible

By: J. King

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Published: 8th August 2000
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Women and the Word examines why, in today's secular society, so many of the finest British and American women novelists seem preoccupied with Biblical themes and stories. It offers informed and challenging analysis of individual novels and stories for the literary critic and student. By analysing those texts in the context of myth and religion, however, it also makes an important and ground-breaking contribution to a number of the inter-disciplinary debates taking place within women's studies.

'In this study Dr King shows lucidly how ideas about varieties of religious experience, and absolutely fundamental issues about masculinity and femininity, are explored by seven British and American writers. In dealing with these frequently highly complex novels, Dr King brings out the intricacy of the thinking embodied in them, clarifying difficult arguments without oversimplifying, and opening up searching questions. The ideas that emerge are notably positive, offering ways to celebrate the body, maternity, and women's creativity. This is a book which will be enjoyed by readers with interests in literature, theology or cultural studies.' - Flora Alexander, Aberdeen University Review

Preface and Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
From the Mother Goddess to God the Fatherp. 10
'Destructive Genesis': Old Testament Myths of Origin and Creationp. 33
The Myth of the Fall: 'And God Created Woman': Emma Tennant--Sisters and Strangersp. 34
The Myth of the Flood: 'In the beginning there is Mother': Michele Roberts--The Book of Mrs Noahp. 41
The Myth of the Patriarch: Sara Maitland--'Triptych'p. 54
'Stabat Mater': Christianity and the Virgin Motherp. 62
Michele Roberts--Daughters of the Housep. 65
Sara Maitland--Daughter of Jerusalemp. 76
Sara Maitland--Virgin Territoryp. 89
'Outside Time': Prophets of Transgressionp. 103
The New Adam and the New Eve: Michele Roberts--The Wild Girlp. 105
Priests, Prophets and the Love of Women: Jeanette Winterson--Oranges are Not the Only Fruitp. 118
A Dissenting Voice: Angela Carter's Passion of New Eve and 'Women's Time'p. 135
Paradise Lost and Regained: Toni Morrison and Alice Walkerp. 152
Toni Morrison's Paradise Lostp. 155
Recovering the Power of the Goddess: Alice Walker--The Temple of My Familiarp. 171
Notesp. 187
Select Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780333918722
ISBN-10: 033391872X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 207
Published: 8th August 2000
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1