Catholic Girlhood Narratives: The Church and Self-denial

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Northeastern University Press, 1996 - Religion - 271 pages
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"In this pioneering study of thirty-three girlhood memoirs and autobiographies by twentieth-century Roman Catholic women from six countries, Elizabeth N. Evasdaughter argues that the narratives are linked by a remembered conflict with the repressive gender training of the institutional church. By examining the writings of women such as Sarah Bernhardt, Colette, Rosa Chacel, Simone de Beauvoir, and Mary McCarthy, the author offers insights in the shared girlhood experiences of Catholic women as a group and illuminates the ways in which the girls' choices, behavior, and development were deeply affected by the Church's concept of the ideal Catholic woman."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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On the basis of their place in Catholic Church history, Evasdaughter--a literary scholar, Catholic convert, and former Dominican--examines the autobiographies of 33 Catholic women writing between 1850 ... Read full review


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Evesdaughter grew up in the First Christian Church in Tulsa. At age 17 she joined the Catholic Church. She pursued a literary education at the University of Tulsa and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as a Dominican Sister for 15 years. Today she spends her time studying Spanish literature, reading mysteries, writing novels, and walking. She is approaching Zen Buddhism at the pace of a snail.

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