Christina M. Hennessy, Patricia Bolaños, and Tania Gómez
Gender in Hispanic Literature and Visual Arts provides an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective on gender within Hispanic film and literature. The contributors analyze the relationship between the historical and social contexts of various Hispanic countries—including Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, and Uruguay—and the effects of their contexts on their representations of gender. This book examines gender-based violence, transvestism, lesbianism, (mis)representation, indigenism, dissent, identity, and voice as a means of better understanding the meaning and implications of gender within the diversity of people and cultures that comprise the Hispanic world.
The New Mediatrix: Reconciling Feminism and Spirituality in 20th Century Latin American Women's Narrative
Elena Sánchez Mora
The convergence of Hispanic Studies, Literary Criticism, feminism and spirituality has been specifically associated, on the one hand, with the study of the autobiographical writings by cloistered women in 16th and 17th century Spain and its colonies; and on the other hand, it has been a common occurrence in the analysis of contemporary texts by Chicana and Latina writers in the United States.
This book centers its attention on the convergence of these four areas in a group of contemporary novels published between 1969 and 1995 by women writers from Mexico, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Colombia. It focuses on the portrayal of female characters in Hispanic literature for whom religious faith is a source of individual and social development. [from the back cover]
Contesting the feminist critique of the dangers of Christianity's self-giving ethics, this book advances a feminist christology engaging the strength of self-giving power. Feminist theologians have established that the self-giving doctrines can disempower women and other oppressed persons, teaching passivity and evasion of one's own self-development. Christ's kenosis, or self-emptying on the cross offers a central example of sacrifice for others to the detriment of one's own self-care. And yet, in contrast to previous feminist theologies, this book argues for the power available in self-giving. This feminist christology affirms that we come into ourselves through our own kenosis. Drawing on diverse sources, including traditional voices like Luther or Balthasar, contemporary feminist theologians such as Rosemary Radford Ruether or Marcella Althaus-Reid, and studies of abuse survivors, this book explores passionate self-giving as a power for divine and human revelation, a power for resistance of abuse, and a power for the continued anointing of Christic presence in a postmodern context. Self-giving engages a force that differs from both the 'power in mutual relation' common to feminist theology and the 'power over' of patriarchal thought. Christic self-giving conveys a power for: for God's thriving in the world, and for our own.
Barbara S. Andrew, Jean Keller, and Lisa H. Schwartzman
This collection breaks new ground in four key areas of feminist social thought: the sex/gender debates; challenges to liberalism/equality; feminist ethics; and feminist perspectives on global ethics and politics in the 21st century. Altogether, the essays provide an innovative look at feminist philosophy while making substantive contributions to current debates in gender theory, ethics, and political thought.