By Catherine Clément

In November 1996, Catherine Clément and Julia Kristeva all started a correspondence exploring the topic of the sacred. during this number of these letters Catherine Clément methods the subject from an anthropologist's perspective whereas Julia Kristeva responds from a psychoanalytic viewpoint. Their correspondence leads them to a debatable and basic query: is there something sacred that may whilst be thought of strictly feminine?

The voices of the booklet paintings in tandem, fleshing out rules and mixing jointly right into a melody of expertise. the result's a discussion that delves into the mysteries of trust -- the connection among religion and sexuality, the physique and the senses -- which, Clément and Kristeva argue, girls think with certain intensity.

Although their discourse isn't really inevitably approximately theology, the authors examine the position of ladies and femininity within the religions of the area, from Christianity and Judaism to Confucianism and African animism. they're the 1st to confess that what they've got undertaken is "as very unlikely to complete because it is fascinating." however, their wide-ranging and exhilarating discussion succeeds in elevating questions which are possibly extra vital to invite than to answer.

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