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Irigaray’s eastern excursion

Morny Joy

in Divine Love

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780719055232
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700792 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719055232.003.0007
Irigaray’s eastern excursion

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This chapter examines Irigaray's more recent turn to eastern religions and the impact that this has on her previous position. Irigaray does not confine herself to subversive readings of the myths and images of women in ancient Greek culture or even to reinterpreting the Annunciation of Mary, but she turns her creative musings towards what she terms ‘Far-Eastern traditions’, specifically India. The chapter is an exploration of this turn in Irigaray's work and the implications of this change, which also moves beyond simply the imaginative to a more spiritually apologetic mode of writing. The chapter also discusses Irigaray's work in the light of recent discussions of Orientalism. In Irigaray's view, western civilization and religions have been dominated by the image of an omnipotent male God. She advocates that women begin to explore ways of becoming divine, so as to counteract centuries of a God made in the image of men.

Keywords: Eastern religions; western civilization; myths; Greek culture; Orientalism; omnipotent male God

Chapter.  8681 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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