Rewriting God: Spirituality in Contemporary Australian Women's Fiction

כריכה קדמית
Rodopi, 2000 - 308 עמודים
Women are rarely if ever mentioned in commentaries upon Australian Christianity and spirituality. Only exceptional women are recognized as authorities on religious matters. Why is this so? Does it matter? Don't people from the same religious tradition share similar experiences of the divine, regardless of their gender?
Rewriting God asks whether women have been writing about the divine and whether their insights are different from those contained in malestream accounts of Australian Christianity and spirituality. An analysis of the writings of popular theologians and religious commentators over the last twenty years suggests that the most popular form of spirituality among Australian theologians is Desert Spirituality. An analysis of women's autobiographical writings, however, suggests that the desert is irrelevant to many women's spiritual experiences. This book, through a close investigation of the fictions of Thea Astley, Elizabeth Jolley and Barbara Hanrahan, attempts to posit alternative forms of women's spirituality and to signal ways in which this spirituality is already being expressed.
From the evidence gathered here, it becomes obvious that traditional expressions of Australian Christianity and spirituality are gender-specific and that they have functioned to deny women's religious experiences and to silence their claims to equality in the sight and service of the divine. It becomes obvious, too, that women have been developing their own forms of religious expression and that these may be expected to supplant gradually withering images of Desert Spirituality. Whether this new imagery will strengthen Australian Christianity or whether it merely marks a decline in the authority of Christianity remains a moot point.
 

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Interpreting the Paradigm
1
Capturing Australia for Christianity
11
Landscape and white mens dreaming
20
The battler as God
32
Perpetuating a canon
41
The Real World
47
Womens spirituality
57
Spiritual models
82
Intimations of a spiritual presence
162
The human condition
169
47
171
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181
Resurrection and transfiguration
195
In conclusion
211
Towards a spiritual autobiography
220
134
229

Spirituality in Thea Astleys fictions
99
Supporting and subverting expressions of Christianity and spirituality
134
Reading Thea Astley
142
In conclusion
154
Comfort in Perplexity
155
Works of the spirit
236
spirituality of the everyday
250
Rewriting God and religion
257
In conclusion
276
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עמוד xiii - ... perpetually wishing to alter the established values - to make serious what appears insignificant to a man, and trivial what is to him important. And for that, of course, she will be criticized ; for the critic of the opposite sex will be genuinely puzzled and surprised by an attempt to alter the current scale of values, and will see in it not merely a difference of view, but a view that is weak, or trivial, or sentimental, because it differs from his own.
עמוד xiii - Thus, when a woman comes to write a novel, she will find that she is perpetually wishing to alter the established values - to make serious what appears insignificant to a man, and trivial what is to him important.

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