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Author Campbell, Debra, 1953-

Title Graceful exits : Catholic women and the art of departure / Debra Campbell
Published Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2003]
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Description 1 online resource (xxviii, 211 pages)
Contents I leap over the wall -- Falling away or crossing over? -- Be-ing is be/leaving -- A nun forever -- Coming home
Summary The personal narratives of nine 20th-century writers speak eloquently about the process of departure from the Catholic church and its institutions. Debra Campbell explores each author's breaking of the taboo associated with women leaving their "proper place." She locates five themes at the heart of all their narratives: reversals, boundary crossings, diaspora, renaming, and recycling. Campbell examines how each women grapples with the spirituality of departure and shows that the very process of leaving Catholic institutions is a Catholic enterprise
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Catholic women -- Biography -- History and criticism
Ex-church members -- Catholic Church -- Biography -- History and criticism
Ex-nuns -- Biography -- History and criticism
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2003006828
ISBN 0253110718 (electronic bk.)
025334316X (alk. paper)
9780253110718 (electronic bk.)
9780253343161 (alk. paper)