Women, Gender, Religion: A Reader by Elizabeth A. Castelli (eds.)

By Elizabeth A. Castelli (eds.)

This updated and forward-looking number of essays on gender and faith fills a vital hole. Interdisciplinary and multi-traditional, this quantity highlights the contributions that assorted disciplinary techniques make to feminist/gender experiences and faith. Designed for the school room, the Reader concurrently assesses the kingdom of the sphere and increases questions for extra inquiry and investigation.

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Aneient Goddesses: The lVlyths and the Evidence (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1999). Jarena Lee's autobiography may be found in William L. , Sisters of the Spirit: Three Black Women 's Autobiographies of the Nineteenth Century (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986), 25-48. Jackson's writings have been collected, edited, and published by Jean McMahon Humez in Gijts cd'Power: The Writings cd' Rebecca Cox jackson, Black Visionary, Shaker Eldress (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1981).

To consider some conversational terms, and to see what happens when we admit complexity and contradiction into feminist study and the production of feminist knowledges, I examine a metaphor, an image that appears and reappears within feminist studies to signify female agency and activity-that of weaving and the weaver. Within feminist discourse on religion, and particulady within theological and theoretical writings, the trope of female weaving is spiritualized so that it can refer to particulady female or feminist or feminine activities, religiosities, intellectual enterprises, modes of relation.

3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Miriam Peskowitz, in "Roundtable Diseussion: What's in a Name? Exploring the Din'lensions of What 'Feminist Studies in Religion Means," Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 11, no. 1 (Spring 1995), 112. Quotation on p. 30 of this book. , 113. Quotation on p. 31 of this book. I am not suggesting that Goddess feminism owns the image of weaving, only that the meaning of weaving eannot be fully understood without attending to its use in the Goddess movement. , November 1993) is an outstanding ease in point.

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