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Author Evasdaughter, Elizabeth N.

Title Catholic girlhood narratives : the Church and self-denial / Elizabeth N. Evasdaughter
Published Boston : Northeastern University Press, [1996]


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Description xiv, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents Pt. 1. Autobiography and the Catholic Woman -- Pt. 2. Puzzling Cheerfulness and Puzzling Complaints. Ch. 1. The Conundrum of a Too Pleasant Surface. Ch. 2. Unexpected Frustration and Grief -- Pt. 3. Theologies of Women. Ch. 3. The Message of Subordination. Ch. 4. The Message of Equivalence -- Pt. 4. Spiritual Combat. Ch. 5. Catholic Girls in Defense of Their Spiritual Well-Being. Ch. 6. Catholic Women Autobiographers Keep Up the Good Fight
Summary In this pioneering study of thirty-three girlhood memoirs and autobiographies by twentieth-century Roman Catholic women from six countries, Elizabeth N. Evasdaughter argues that the narratives are linked by a remembered conflict with the repressive gender training of the institutional church. By examining the writings of women such as Sarah Bernhardt, Colette, Rosa Chacel, Simone de Beauvoir, and Mary McCarthy, the author offers insights in the shared girlhood experiences of Catholic women as a group and illuminates the ways in which the girls' choices, behavior, and development were deeply affected by the Church's concept of the ideal Catholic woman
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-256) and index
Subject Evasdaughter, Elizabeth N.
Women and literature.
Autobiography -- Women authors.
Biography as a literary form.
Catholic women -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Girls -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Women in the Catholic Church.
LC no. 95046088
ISBN 1555532691 cloth alkaline paper