Journal Article

Extreme Faith in the Work of Elizabeth Smart and Luce Irigaray

Heather Walton

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 40-50
Published in print March 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online March 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.1.40
Extreme Faith in the Work of Elizabeth Smart and Luce Irigaray

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This article reflects upon Elizabeth Smart's prose work By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. This text is frequently condemned because it places the author's sexual passion in opposition to the tragic events of the Second World War and proclaims that the passion overwhelms the pain; ‘love is as strong as death’. It is argued that rather than constructing a romantic retreat from the horrors of war Smart is making a radical response to the conflict. She places the trope of the desiring and fertile female body in powerful opposition to the disembodied ethical and spiritual systems which are implicated in the crises of her times. Furthermore, similar devices are frequently, if unreflectively, used by feminist academics who, following Luce Irigaray, employ the female morphology to oppose the violence of our own times.

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