Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin by Marina Warner

By Marina Warner

This designated research of the cult of the Virgin Mary bargains a fashion of puzzling over the interrelations of Catholicism and concepts of excellent femininity over the longue duree. An formidable background of the altering symbolism of the mum of God, on my own of All Her intercourse holds as much as the sunshine assorted emphases taking place at diverse instances, and highlights that the plain archetype of a magna mater is consistently in play with social and historic 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 ebook encouraged fierce debates while it used to be first released in 1976. by myself of All Her intercourse is usually an emotive, own assertion, coming up from Warner's own
upbringing as a Catholic. It choices up on vintage money owed resembling Mary MacCarthy's Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood and Antonia White's Frost in could, in addition to the author's personal stories at a Catholic boarding college. hugely debatable in conservative quarters, the book's arguments have been welcomed and acknowledged by means of many readers who shared Warner's reviews. during this new version, Marina Warner has written a brand new preface which stories the booklet within the gentle of the current
debate approximately secularism, religion, countries, and social identities. She takes factor along with her unique flawed 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 mum 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 question.

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