Literature, theology and feminism

By Heather Walton

Literature, theology and feminism

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6091-5
  • Pages: 228
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £16.99
  • Published Date: June 2014
  • BIC Category: Humanities / British & Irish history, History of religion, European history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory, RELIGION / History, Feminism & Feminist Theory, History, Humanities / Religion & beliefs
  • Series: Manchester Studies in Religion, Culture and Gender


Newly available in paperback, this book offers an authoritative overview of the broad and complex terrain of feminist theorising concerning the relationship between literature and theology as it has developed over the past several decades. It provides the first comprehensive evaluation of the significance of women's literature in the development of feminist theology and offers a critique of the variety of reading practices currently employed by religious feminists. As well as illuminating current reading strategies, the work argues that it is now appropriate for feminists to develop new ways of reading the divine in women's writing. Drawing upon the pioneering work of Helene Cixous, Julia Kristeva and Luce Irigaray the work sets out a new framework for feminist religious reading that is both creative and challenging and which will be of interest both to scholars and students in this area.

Through its artful and compelling feminist reconsiderations, the book makes a refreshing and significant contribution.


1. If literature is a Girl
2. Visions and revisions
3. Beyond the one and the other
4. The problems with poststructuralism
5. Julia Kristeva and journeys to the end of night
6. Luce Irigaray and the threshold of the divine
7. Helene Cixous and mysteries that beat in the heart of the world
8. An open conclusion
Postscript: Reading Elizabeth Smart


Heather Walton is Director of the Centre for Literature, Theology and the Arts at the University of Glasgow

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