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MYTH, MIMESIS AND MULTIPLE IDENTITIES: FEMINIST TOOLS FOR TRANSFORMING THEOLOGY

Pamela Anderson

in Literature and Theology

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 112-130
Published in print June 1996 | ISSN: 0269-1205
e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/10.2.112
MYTH, MIMESIS AND MULTIPLE IDENTITIES: FEMINIST TOOLS FOR TRANSFORMING THEOLOGY

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Mythical configurations of a personal deity and a dominant sexual identity are part of our western history. In particular, the religious myths of patriarchy have privileged a male God and devalued female desire—and, with her desire, sexual difference. There can be no facile way beyond these myths. Instead the proposal here is for feminist theologians to attempt new configurations of old myths and disruptive refigurations, i.e. transformative mimesis, of biased beliefs. Myth and mimesis can enable expression of multiple identities. Only ldennnes-in-process preserve the possibility for a peaceful revolution of our desires and our differences, religious and sexual.

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