Maid in God's Image

In Search of the Unruly Woman

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“Thank God for unruly women like Verena Wright and for her positive and stimulating book. Parishes could well skip sermons on Sundays from time to time and read out chunks of it instead.”

Bruce Kent

“A well-researched and reflective account of the position of women in ecclesiastical and secular society, in the past and present. Verena Wright, wife, mother and ‘unruly’ woman, uses literature, her own experience and other sources to discern and tell the story of women’s inferior status.”

Mary Kelly, nds

“Effective feminist writing at its best is informative, well researched, thought-provoking without being aggressive, and persuasive through its use of reason. This book is all these things, besides being the product of a deep understanding of English literature and beautifully written.”

David Forrester

“This is an important book which takes a lot of intellectual risks. Challenging those perceptions of religion which are rooted in traditional patriarchal views, it brings into focus those elements of female experience and culture which are usually silenced and repressed.”

Sue Harper
Professor of Film History
University of Portsmouth

“Paving the way for an entirely different worldview on the spiritual nature and role of women.”

Joan Chittister

About This Book

Overview

Designed for College Students Taking Courses that Explore the Feminine Dimension

In Maid in God’s Image, Verena Wright explores the feminine dimension in a range of texts, including film, fiction, and Gospel. Based on explorations of the themes in Stephen King’s Carrie, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, she examines the fears that lie beneath the repression of the feminine, and seeks to uncover a more positive appraisal of the “unruly woman” wherever she may be found. In looking at the startling ways in which certain voices have been silenced throughout history, she opens up new ways of seeing that acknowledge and value the feminine dimension as both social and spiritual resource and an essential component of all human being.

Details

Weight 0.35 lbs
Dimensions 5.375 x 1.5 x 8.25 in
Format

Softcover

ISBN

978-1-59982-012-5

Pages

144

Item # 7020

Customer Reviews

“Thank God for unruly women like Verena Wright and for her positive and stimulating book. Parishes could well skip sermons on Sundays from time to time and read out chunks of it instead.”

Bruce Kent

“A well-researched and reflective account of the position of women in ecclesiastical and secular society, in the past and present. Verena Wright, wife, mother and ‘unruly’ woman, uses literature, her own experience and other sources to discern and tell the story of women’s inferior status.”

Mary Kelly, nds

“Effective feminist writing at its best is informative, well researched, thought-provoking without being aggressive, and persuasive through its use of reason. This book is all these things, besides being the product of a deep understanding of English literature and beautifully written.”

David Forrester

“This is an important book which takes a lot of intellectual risks. Challenging those perceptions of religion which are rooted in traditional patriarchal views, it brings into focus those elements of female experience and culture which are usually silenced and repressed.”

Sue Harper
Professor of Film History
University of Portsmouth

“Paving the way for an entirely different worldview on the spiritual nature and role of women.”

Joan Chittister

About the Author

Verena Wright

Verena Wright is a writer, a member of the National Board of Catholic Women and on the editorial team of its quarterly newspaper, Catholic Omnibus. She is active in the Diocese of Portsmouth, a regular commentator on Catholic issues, and a local radio presenter. She has also been involved for a number of years as a lecturer in English literature and women’s studies in adult and university education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface: More to This than Meets the Eye
1. Different Ways of Seeing
2. The Feminine Dimension
3. ‘Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live’ —
The Grotesque Body and the Feminine Dimension
in Stephen King’s Carrie
4. Name, Sex and Gender: Hierarchy and the Church
5. Religion, Resistance and the Prophetic Voice:
Unruly Women and Jane Eyre
6. Images of Divinity and Humanity: the Gendered Body
7. Authority and Marginality: Lord of the Flies
8. Mother Matters: Culture and Nature
9. The Feminine Divine: Towards a Theology of Woman

Afterword
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

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