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Religious Imagination and the Body: A Feminist Analysis

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In recent years feminist scholarship has increasingly focused on the importance of the body and its representations in virtually every social, cultural, and intellectual context. Many have argued that because women are more closely identified with their bodies, they have access to privileged and different kinds of knowledge than men. In this landmark new book, Paula Cooey offers a different perspective on the significance of the body in the context of religious life and practice.

Building on the pathbreaking work of Elaine Scarry in The Body in Pain, Cooey looks at a wide range of evidence, from the Argentine prison narrative of Alicia Partnoy, to the novels of Toni Morrison and the paintings of Frida Kahlo. Drawing on current social theory and critique, cognitive psychology, contemporary fiction and art, and women's accounts of religious experience, Cooey relates the reality of sentience to the social construction of reality. Beginning with an examination of the female body as a metaphor for alternative knowledge, she considers the significance of physical pain and pleasure to the religious imagination, and the relations between sentience, sensuality, and female subjectivity. Cooey succeeds in bringing forward a sophisticated new understanding of the religious importance of the body, at the same time laying the foundations of a feminist theory of religion.

Synopsis:

Offering a feminist perspective on the significance of the body in the context of religious life and practice, this treatise examines the evidence, ranging from the novels of Toni Morrison to the paintings of Frida Kahlo.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 153-167) and index.

About the Author

Paula M. Cooey is Professor of Religion at Trinity University in San Antonio, where she has taught since 1981. The author of several books, she is currently focusing her research on the epistemological significance of the body.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195087352
Author:
Cooey, Paula M.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Paula M.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Spirituality - Women's
Subject:
Body, human
Subject:
Theology
Subject:
Theology Theology
Subject:
Religion and Theology | Theology
Subject:
Imagination
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Philosophical theology
Subject:
Religion & Theology | Theology
Subject:
Religion Western-Theology
Series Volume:
no. 17
Publication Date:
19940531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 photos
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.59x6.41x.76 in. .98 lbs.

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