Journal Article

‘Eye to eye’: Using Women's Literature as Lenses for Feminist Theology

Sheila Hassell Hughes

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 1-26
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.1.1
‘Eye to eye’: Using Women's Literature as Lenses for Feminist Theology

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The feminist theological turn to women's literature as an alternative ‘sacred text’ is an exciting one, but it poses both methodological and ethical problems. This essay critiques the ways poetic works by ‘other’ women have been appropriated by feminist theologians and, with special attention to Audre Lorde's work, argues for a double‐edged and rhetorical model of reading across lines of disciplinary, cultural, and sexual difference. The goal of this approach, with its focus on larger ‘bodies of work’, is not only to broaden the range of potential resources for feminist theological reflection but also to open up the field to critical transformation from without.

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