© 2007

The Catholic Church and Unruly Women Writers

Critical Essays

  • Editors
  • Jeana DelRosso
  • Leigh Eicke
  • Ana Kothe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, Ana Kothe
      Pages 1-6
  3. Medieval through Seventeenth Century

  4. Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

  5. Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-253

About this book


This collection attends to western women's struggles within Roman Catholicism by examining how women throughout the centuries have attempted to reconcile their unruliness with their Catholic backgrounds or conversions.


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About the authors

JEANA DELROSSO is Chair of the English Department and Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, USA.

LEIGH EICKE is Assistant Professor of English at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, USA.

ANA KOETHE is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.

Bibliographic information


"Dedicated to 'unruly women everywhere,' this collection of essays is as provacative as it is academic. Who would expect a collection of scholarly writings about Catholicism to include chapters titled, 'I Grab the Microphone and Move My Body' and 'Dis-robing the Priest'? But my favorite essay cites correlation in the work of sister Helen Prejean (of Dead Man Walking fame) and that of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau. Who knew?" - John Lewis, Balitmore Magazine

"This is a sophisticated, varied, and provocative collection that captures the current debates about the Catholic Church and women - whether misogynist and oppressive or ultimately liberatory - and applies that range of positions to a wonderful range of writings by Catholic women writers from many traditions - Renaissance English and Spanish, United States, Canadian, French, Native American, Caribbean, and Mexican-American. It will be a welcome addition to the field." - Jane L. Donawerth, University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar-Teacher; Co-editor of the journal, Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal