Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism

Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism

by Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, Ana Kothe

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Overview

A literary anthology exploring contemporary Catholic women’s experiences.

Finalist for the 2013 ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year Award in the Anthologies Category

This unique literary anthology is devoted to unruly Catholic women. In short stories, poems, personal essays, and drama, the contributors describe women’s struggles with Catholicism and also complicate contemporary understandings of women’s relationships to their faith. Catholicism often oppresses the women in these creative pieces, but it also inspires them to challenge literary, social, political, and religious hierarchies. The collection reflects the considerations of a wide range of women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, geographic locations, and generations; they encompass the gamut of reactions to the Catholic experience—humor, anger, nostalgia, critique, appreciation, and engagement or rejection on one’s own terms. Authors address real life versus Catholic dogma, motherhood, childhood, alienation from the Church, Catholic school days, mentors and exemplary figures, Church strictures on women’s sexualities, and leaving or remaining in the Church among many other experiences. Readers will find this a rich and multifaceted exploration, one that offers new perspectives and moments of recognition.

Jeana DelRosso is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of the Morrissy Honors Program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is the coeditor (with Leigh Eicke and Ana Kothe) of The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays. Leigh Eicke is a writer and independent scholar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ana Kothe is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438448299
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/11/2013
Series: Excelsior Editions
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 221
File size: 827 KB

About the Author

Jeana DelRosso is Professor of English and Women’s Studies and Director of the Morrissy Honors Program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is the coeditor (with Leigh Eicke and Ana Kothe) of The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers: Critical Essays. Leigh Eicke is a writer and independent scholar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ana Kothe is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments and Permissions
Introduction: Mysteries of the Faithful, Dreams of the Future

Part One: The Joyful Mysteries

the first joyful mystery (poetry)
Susanne Dutton

Praying Twice (poetry)
Liz Dolan

My Soul Sisters—or, How the Nuns of my Childhood Inspired a Feisty Feminist (personal essay)
Renée Bondy

Jerusalem Road (poetry)
Mary Rice

Where I First Met God (personal essay)
Lacey Louwagie

Age of Reason (poetry)
Suzanne Camino

Uniforms Optional (personal essay)
Leah Cano

Sunday Morning in a Foreign Country (poetry)
Lauren K. Alleyne

Wool Skirts (personal essay)
Martha Marinara

Lord I am not your woman (poetry)
Susanne Dutton

It Takes a Village to Rear a Word Weaver: Memoirs of a Black Catholic Girlhood (personal essay)
Mary-Antoinette Smith

Fact of the world I (poetry)
Lauren K. Alleyne

girltruth (personal essay)
Stacey Ginsburg

the Easter fear (poetry)
Susanne Dutton

Part Two: The Sorrowful Mysteries

Holy Thursday: The Passion (poetry)
Lauren K. Alleyne

That Easter (fiction)
Leonore Wilson

Our Lady of the Library (poetry)
Sarah Colona

For the Vatican Dress Code (poetry)
Annrose Fitzgerald

Nothing Soup (fiction)
K. Biadaszkiewicz

Nailing My Backbone to the Cross (poetry)
Donna J. Gelagotis Lee

True Confessions (poetry)
Patti See

Resolution (poetry)
Lauren K. Alleyne

Excuse me for this, Sister Mary (poetry)
Ava C. Cipri

A Meditation on Sexuality for Catholic Clergy (personal essay)
Dolores DeLuise

Moth Song (poetry)
Sarah Colona

Last of the Tomboy Pings (fiction)
Patti See

Penance (poetry)
Donna J. Gelagotis Lee

Thou Shalt Not Have Strange Gods Before Me (personal essay)
Pamela Galbreath

Sister No One (poetry)
Liz Dolan

Superstitions of a Catholic Childhood (poetry)
Martha K. Grant

Fear and Trembling (poetry)
Lauren K. Alleyne

Rewinding the Wedding Tape (poetry)
Patti See

Invisible Nature (personal essay)
Leonore Wilson

Lying to God (poetry)
Donna J. Gelagotis Lee

Our Father Who? (personal essay)
Carol Cooley

Mass Revolt (poetry)
Caterine McGuire

Hunger (drama)
Kari Ann Owen

Angels (drama)
Kari Ann Owen

Confessions of a (Catholic) Presbyterian Woman (personal essay)
Madeleine Mysko

Blue Lights (poetry)
Mary Rice

Part Three: The Glorious Mysteries

Water’s Wine (poetry)
Allison Whittenberg

Exile (personal essay)
Colleen Shaddox

Anathema (poetry)
Natasha Sajé

Intersections (poetry)
Lauren K. Alleyne

Telling My Mother I Can’t Say the Rosary (poetry)
Patti See

Secrets of the Confessional (drama)
Pat Montley

Ninth Month (poetry)
Leonore Wilson

Resurrecton (poetry)
Mary Rice

The Sentence (poetry)
Leonore Wilson

Interior Castle (poetry)
Sheila Hassell Hughes

Sacrament (poetry)
Donna J. Gelagotis Lee

Sister Ming in the Year of the Monkey (fiction)
Susan Leonardi

Anthony’s Asceticism (p

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