Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius
Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius  -     By: Alison E. Jasper
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Title: Because of Beauvoir: Christianity and the Cultivation of Female Genius
By: Alison E. Jasper
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 188
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 2 pounds
ISBN: 1602583218
ISBN-13: 9781602583214
Stock No: WW583210

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Because of Beauvoir does what many say is impossible: it demonstrates how women can flourish, without conflict, while being simultaneously Christian and feminist. Alison Jasper offers a vision of Julia Kristeva's "female genius" as the capacity of women to thrive and cultivate intellect within and across different cultural and theological environments. Using the writings of English women from the 17th through the 21st centuries as living profiles, Jasper draws upon the creative power in the lives of real women to recognize and retrieve a female subjectivity--one that determines how women see and are seen after Simone de Beauvoir.

Author Bio

Alison E. Jasper is Lecturer in Critical Religion at the School of Arts and Humanities in the University of Stirling, Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

Jasper’s compelling presentation...will appeal to scholars of women’s lives and writing, whether in literature, philosophy, or religious studies.


The lucidity of Jasper's prose, the interest of her case studies in part 2, and the breadth of her framing in part 1 will make this book useful in undergraduate settings.


Because of Beauvoir is not only a valuable contribution to the feminist literary, historical and theological tradition of uncovering, reclaiming and reinventing women’s heritage previously suppressed and concealed by patriarchy. It is also a call for feminism, whether in secular or religious guises, to acknowledge the richness and complexity of that very heritage, in order to be better contend with the challenges of today.

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