Because of Beauvoir
Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: Baylor University Press
Half Title Page, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Special thanks should go to Pamela Sue Anderson, at the University of Oxford, who first suggested that I try writing something about Julia Kristeva’s idea of “female genius” and whose scholarly rigor and constant friendship have continued to challenge and sustain me during the writing of this book. I would also like to express my grateful thanks to Heather Walton at the University of Glasgow for providing me, over many years, with opportunities ...
1. Beauvoir and The Second Sex
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 or “sets of metaphors for thinking and enacting the world.”1 Negotiating between these two approaches has sometimes been very ...
2. Female Genius and Christianity
I have said that the aim of this book is to help bridge a gap between the important resonant and energizing feminist critique of the second wave and beyond with its theoretical debt to the work of Simone de Beauvoir and the stories of countless girls and women whose creative capacity to think differently for and of themselves could be said to pave the way for that critique. It is also an attempt to give the lie to a smoothed-over narrative of progress that ...
3. Kristeva and Female Genius
The idea of the female genius, though connected with themes from her earlier work, emerges distinctly in three books Julia Kristeva published between 1999 and 2002 under the title Female Genius: Life, Madness, Words—Hannah Arendt, Melanie Klein, Colette. And though she is not one of Kristeva’s three female geniuses, Beauvoir nevertheless remains a significant presence in the trilogy and, ultimately the figure to whom Kristeva dedicates the work as a whole.1 ...
4. Jane Leade
Four women’s lives and work form the centerpiece of this book. The first of the four women is Jane Leade, who was born in Norfolk in 1624. Leade has been described as a mystic and visionary.1 Her visionary writing is poetic, employing a striking literary style and a range of elaborate images and metaphors, including many references to the figure of Wisdom, the female personification ...
5. Hannah More
In 1705 Mary Astell’s essay defended woman’s reason and called for more and better education for women, taking the view that a woman’s reason had been given her for a noble and important purpose she defines as “religion.”1 Although she does not explicitly take issue with the idea, there is a delicate hint of irony in her reference to the convention of separate spheres or ...
6. Maude Royden
Maude Royden is another Christian woman with insights on the topic of female genius at the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century. In many ways she seems an amalgam of Hannah More and her character Lucilla Stanley: born into a wealthy family, she was given a university education in which she excelled not simply in her studies but in debating ...
7. Michèle Roberts
Michèle Roberts was born in 1949 and brought up in the London suburb of Edgware. The daughter of a French Roman Catholic mother and an Anglican father, she attended Roman Catholic schools in London before going to university in Oxford in 1967 to study English literature. After graduating, she intended to train as a librarian, but instead she fell in love with feminism ...
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Publication Year: 2012
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