By Marina Warner
This distinctive examine of the cult of the Virgin Mary bargains a fashion of puzzling over the interrelations of Catholicism and ideas of perfect femininity over the longue duree. An formidable historical past of the altering symbolism of the mummy of God, by myself of All Her intercourse holds as much as the sunshine diverse emphases happening at assorted instances, and highlights that the obvious archetype of a magna mater is continually in play with social and ancient stipulations and values.
Marina Warner's fascinating standpoint used to be cast within the aftermath of important postwar advancements in heritage, anthropology, and feminism and the e-book encouraged fierce debates whilst it used to be first released in 1976. on my own of All Her intercourse can be an emotive, own assertion, coming up from Warner's personal upbringing as a Catholic. It alternatives up on vintage money owed similar to Mary MacCarthy's Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood and Antonia White's Frost in may possibly, in addition to the author's personal reports at a Catholic boarding tuition. hugely arguable in conservative quarters, the book's arguments have been welcomed and recognized through many readers who shared Warner's stories. during this re-creation, Marina Warner has written a brand new preface which reports the ebook within the gentle of the current
debate approximately secularism, religion, countries, and social identities. She takes factor together with her unique fallacious end that the fashionable age may see the cult of Mary fade away and revises it within the mild of contemporary popes' enthusiasm for the mummy of God, a clean wave of visions and revelations, a brand new new release of
female saints, and the reorientation of theological methods to the girl query.
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