By Paula M. Cooey

In recent times feminist scholarship has more and more excited about the significance of the physique and its representations in almost each social, cultural, and highbrow context. Many have argued that simply because girls are extra heavily pointed out with their our bodies, they've got entry to privileged and other kinds of data than males. during this landmark new booklet, Paula Cooey bargains a unique viewpoint at the importance of the physique within the context of non secular lifestyles and practice.

Building at the pathbreaking paintings of Elaine Scarry in The physique in Pain, Cooey seems at quite a lot of facts, from the Argentine legal narrative of Alicia Partnoy, to the novels of Toni Morrison and the work of Frida Kahlo. Drawing on present social conception and critique, cognitive psychology, modern fiction and paintings, and women's debts of spiritual event, Cooey relates the truth of sentience to the social development of fact. starting with an exam of the feminine physique as a metaphor for replacement wisdom, she considers the importance of actual discomfort and enjoyment to the spiritual mind's eye, and the family among sentience, sensuality, and feminine subjectivity. Cooey succeeds in bringing ahead a worldly new figuring out of the non secular significance of the physique, whilst laying the rules of a feminist idea of religion.

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