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MARY, MARIE, QUIET AND CONTRARINESS: SPEAKING OUT AGAINST MARIOLOGY IN BRIAN MOORE'S <i>COLD HEAVEN</i><sup>1</sup>

Siobhán Holland

in Literature and Theology

Volume 13, issue 3, pages 235-248
Published in print September 1999 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online September 1999 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/13.3.235
MARY, MARIE, QUIET AND CONTRARINESS: SPEAKING OUT AGAINST MARIOLOGY IN BRIAN MOORE'S COLD HEAVEN1

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Irish feminist critics have spoken out against the violence of patriarchal Catholic discourses which have idealised and silenced Irish Catholic women. However, these attempts have been prone to failure Brian Moore's Cold Heaven and its account of a Marian apparition is read in the light of Judith Butler's discussion of the ‘promising ambivalence’ of patriarchal discourse in order to assess the dangers involved in invoking pseudo-divine agency as the enabling condition of feminist protest. The article contends that renouncing faith in the efficacy of the Church's words provides the grounds for effective if less idealised forms of vocal feminist resistance.

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