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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Gender, Catholicism and Spirituality

Women and the Roman Catholic Church in Britain and Europe, 1200-1900

ISBN 9780230577602
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Gender and History

This timely collection of essays on British and European Catholic spiritualities explores how ideas of the sacred have influenced female relationships with piety and religious vocations over time. Each of the studies focuses on specific persons or groups within the varied contexts of England, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, together spanning the medieval period through to the nineteenth century.

Examining the interplay between women's religious roles and patriarchal norms, the volume highlights the relevance of gender and spirituality through a wide geographical and chronological spectrum. It is an essential resource for students of Gender History, Women's Studies and Religious Studies, introducing a wealth of new research and providing an approachable guide to current debates and methodologies.

Contributions by: Nancy Jiwon Cho, Frances E. Dolan, Rina Lahav, Jenna Lay, Laurence Lux-Sterritt, Carmen M. Mangion, Querciolo Mazzonis, Marit Monteiro, Elizabeth Rhodes, Kate Stogdon, Anna Welch

LAURENCE LUX-STERRITT is Lecturer in British History at the University of Aix-Marseille, France.

CARMEN M. MANGION is Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. 

List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction: Gender, Catholicism, Women's Spirituality over the Longue Duree; L.Lux-Sterritt & C.M.Mangion
Presence and Absence in Thirteenth Century Italy: Reading Clare of Assisi in Franciscan Liturgy and Community; A.Welch
Marguerite Porete and the Predicament of her Preaching in Fourteenth Century France; R.Lahav
The Impact of Renaissance Gender-Related Notions on the Female Experience of the Sacred: The Case of Angela Merici's Ursulines; Q.Mazzonis
Teresa de Jesus's Book and the Reform of the Religious Man in Sixteenth Century Spain; E.Rhodes
Mary Ward's English Institute and Prescribed Female Roles in the Early Modern Church; L.Lux-Sterritt
An English Nun's Authority: Early Modern Spiritual Controversy and the Manuscripts of Barbara Constable; J.Lay
Power in Piety: Inspiration, Ambitions and Strategies of Spiritual Virgins in the Northern Netherlands during the Seventeenth Century; M.Monteiro
'Martyrs of England! Standing on High!': Roman Catholic Women's Hymn-writing for the Re-invigoration of the Faith in England, 1850-1900; N.J.Cho
Expressions of Self-surrender in Nineteenth-Century France: The Case of Therese Couderc (1805-1885); K.Stogdon
The 'Mixed Life': Challenging Understandings of Religious Life in Victorian England; C.M.Mangion
Afterword; F.E.Dolan
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'The introduction and essays provide nuanced and stimulating treatments of their topics...this volume promises to stimulate thought and debate.' - Claire Sahlin, Texas Woman's University, USA'Helpful for students of women's religious history, as an introductory text for the ten themes it covers....an excellent resource for libraries and classrooms.' - Bernadette Flanagan, Historians of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland'This easily read, sensitive but provocative contribution to the growing interest in the history of women Religious, offers an antidote to both the blind 'one-size-fits-all' approach of gender studies and the near infantilising whimsy of Catholic romanticism.' - James Kelly, The Tablet 'Carmen Mangion and Laurence Lux-Sterritt are to be commended for soliciting and editing ten essays that, despite their considerable geographic and chronological range, collectively illuminate a number of themes and patterns that have affected the relationship between women and the Catholic Church across time and place. ...A rich collection.' - Kathleen Sprows Cummings, American Catholic Studies
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