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Because of Beauvoir : Christianity and the cultivation of female genius /
Alison E. Jasper.
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Waco, TX : Baylor University Press, c2012.
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x, 178 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1602583218 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781602583214 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Waco, TX : Baylor University Press, c2012.
isbn
1602583218 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781602583214 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8588732
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 159-170) and index.
A Look Inside
First Chapter
"A series of encounters has been taking place for some time now between Christianity and various kinds of feminists and feminist theory. In these conversations, "woman" is understood within different--Christian and feminist--imaginaries .... Negotiating between these two approaches has sometimes been very difficult and remains challenging. This book supports the work of building bridges between these two imaginaries by developing an understanding of female subjectivity--called here, female genius--that can move, even flourish within both environments."
--From Chapter 1

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Appeared in Choice on 2013-08-01:
Jasper (Univ. of Stirling, Scotland) uses Julia Kristeva's understanding of "female genius" as a springboard to explore the lives of four Christian women (Jane Leade, Hannah More, Maude Royden, Michele Roberts) who relied on religious discourses to engage the oppressive conditions constraining their lives. Although Jasper oversells the freshness of her approach to nuancing female agency in relation to gender oppression, her book should prove valuable to historians, theologians, religious studies scholars, and literature professors interested in uncovering the complexity of women's lives. Similarly, though the necessity of Kristeva's notion of "female genius" to this project is unclear, Jasper provides a clear account of the idea and connects it to more familiar ideas from Kristeva's work in a way that should be useful to Kristeva scholars. The lucidity of Jasper's prose, the interest of her case studies in part 2, and the breadth of her framing in part 1 will make this book useful in undergraduate settings. The engagement with Kristeva and the case studies should make this volume useful to graduate students and scholars. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through researchers/faculty; general readers. K. L. Brintnall University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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"In a manner that is both scholarly and deeply engaging Alison Jasper offers her own radical re-interpretation of the creative genius of women. Her work draws our attention to the fact that women have been the 'ingenious' shapers of spiritual knowledge as well as prophetic authors of secular criticism. Contemporary feminists are thus challenged to re-examine what counts as a feminist tradition and what we can learn from women's distinctive interventions in discourses of the divine." --Heather Walton, Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts, University of Glasgow
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Because of Beauvoir does what many say is impossible: it demonstrates how women can flourish, without conflict, while being simultaneously Christian and feminist. Alison Jasper offers a vision of Julia Kristeva's "female genius" as the capacity of women to thrive and cultivate intellect within and across different cultural and theological environments. Using the writings of English women from the 17th through the 21st centuries as living profiles, Jasper draws upon the creative power in the lives of real women to recognize and retrieve a female subjectivityone that determines how women see and are seen after Simon de Beauvoir.
Main Description
Because of Beauvoirdoes what many say is impossible: it demonstrates how women can flourish, without conflict, while being simultaneously Christian and feminist. Alison Jasper offers a vision of Julia Kristeva's "female genius" as the capacity of women to thrive and cultivate intellect within and across different cultural and theological environments. Using the writings of English women from the 17th through the 21st centuries as living profiles, Jasper draws upon the creative power in the lives of real women to recognize and retrieve a female subjectivity--one that determines how women see and are seen after Simon de Beauvoir.
Main Description
Because of Beauvoir does what many say is impossible: it demonstrates how women can flourish, without conflict, while being simultaneously Christian and feminist. Alison Jasper offers a vision of Julia Kristeva's "female genius" as the capacity of women to thrive and cultivate intellect within and across different cultural and theological environments. Using the writings of English women from the 17th through the 21st centuries as living profiles, Jasper draws upon the creative power in the lives of real women to recognise and retrieve a female subjectivity one that determines how women see and are seen after Simon de Beauvoir.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Beauvior and The Second Sexp. 3
Female Genius and Christianityp. 33
Kristeva and Female Geniusp. 45
Jane Leadep. 73
Hannah Morep. 99
Maude Roydenp. 127
Michèle Robertsp. 139
Conclusionp. 151
Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 171
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