Wise Women: Over Two Thousand Years of Spiritual Writing by Women

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Susan Neunzig Cahill
W. W. Norton & Company, 1996 - Religion - 395 pages
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Spiritual experience has always been, and is especially today, a liberating source of women's identity and their resistance to oppression. These selections feature centuries of this tradition's most intuitive writing: women ancient, medieval, and modern articulate the spiritual dimension of life. From Ishtar of Babylonia and Isis of Egypt to the medieval mystic Hildegard of Bingen, the contemporary African American poet Lucille Clifton, and the Buddhist shaman Joan Halifax, these visionaries see justice and love, loss, aging, and freedom; and it inspires artistic expression and political action. This deeply moving collection of poetry, essays, prayers, letters, memoirs, stories, and theologies by wise women is a source of empowering and uplifting thought for women in any time, at any age.
 

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Contents

Hymn in Praise of the Goddess Ishtar of Babylonia
4
The Story of Judith and Holofernes
18
Lady Wisdom From The Book of Proverbs
32
GREECE
45
THE MIDDLE AGES
53
BUDDHISM
62
Julian of Norwich 1342c 1423 From Showings
68
Catherine of Siena 13471380 From The Dialogue
74
Iris Origo 19021988 From Images and Shadows
184
Hannah Arendt 19061975 From The Human Condition
188
TillieOlsen1913 DreamVision
195
Madeleine LEngle 1918 From A Circle ofQuiet
209
Amy Clampitt 1920 A Silence
217
Flannery OConnor 19251964 Letters from The Habit
231
The Erotic
238
Lucille Clifton 1936 Poems from The Book of Light
244

Margery Kempe 13731439 From The Book of Margery
80
Anne Hutchinson 15911643 From the Transcript of
97
Anne Bradstreet 16121672 From Meditations Divine
104
Margaret Fell 16141702 Letter to the Quaker Womens
106
Sidqid 1703 Ghazel
112
THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
119
Sojourner Truth c 17971883 From Narrative of Sojoumer
125
Qurrat alAyn 71852 Ghazel
132
George Eliot 18191880 From Middlemarch
139
Emily Dickinson 18301886 Poems
148
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
157
Florida ScottMaxwell 18831979 From The Measure of
168
Dorothy Sayers 18901957 From Unpopular Opinions
174
Marge Piercy 1936 The common living dirt
252
Marian Wright Edelman 1939 From The Measure of
259
Linda Hogan 1947 From Department of the Interior
274
A History
280
Rita Dove 1952 Gospel
288
Starhawk1951 From Dreaming the Dark
307
Lessons From
321
DianaEck1945 From Encountering God
341
Joan Halifax 1944 The Way of Compassion from
354
Gods Dice
368
Suggestions for Further Reading
381
About the Editor
397
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About the author (1996)

Susan Cahill is Assistant Professor in the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

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