Unruly Catholic Nuns

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Jeana Delrosso, Leigh Eicke, Ana Kothe
  • Albany, NY: 
    State University New York Press
    , October
     2017.
     120 pages.
     $19.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781438466484.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Rosemary P. Carbine forthcoming.

Description

Explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns as they share their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church.

Unruly Catholic Nuns explores the voices of current and former Catholic nuns and, by doing so, contributes to the global conversation about the role of women in the Catholic Church today. Through autobiography, fiction, poetry, and prose, Sisters and former nuns write about their lived experiences with Catholicism, both in accordance and in conflict with the institutional Church. Through their stories we learn how these women act out their missions of social justice, challenge cultural and governmental policies, and attempt to reconcile their unruliness with their religious orders and the strictures of the church hierarchy. At a time when questions of gender, religion, race, and sexuality are provoking intense debate within Catholicism and other Christian traditions, and when religion is frequently invoked in political rhetoric, these stories provide a vital corrective to our contemporary understanding of the role of women and nuns in the Roman Catholic Church.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jeana DelRosso is professor of English and women’s studies and director of the Elizabeth Morrissy honors program at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Leigh Eicke is a writer in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ana Kothe is professor of comparative literature at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Together, they are the coeditors of Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism, also published by SUNY Press.

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