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Alone of All Her Sex: Cult of the Virgin Mary (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1976; vuoden 1978 painos)

– tekijä: Marina Warner (Tekijä)

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This unique study of the cult of the Virgin Mary offers a way of thinking about the interrelations of Catholicism and ideas of ideal femininity over the longue duree. An ambitious history of the changing symbolism of the Mother of God, Alone of All Her Sex holds up to the light differentemphases occurring at different times, and highlights that the apparent archetype of a magna mater is constantly in play with social and historical conditions and values. Marina Warner's interesting perspective was forged in the aftermath of significant postwar developments in history, anthropology,and feminism and the book inspired fierce debates when it was first published in 1976. Alone of All Her Sex is also an emotive, personal statement, arising from Warner's own upbringing as a Catholic. It picks up on classic accounts such as Mary MacCarthy's Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood and AntoniaWhite's Frost in May, as well as the author's own experiences at a Catholic boarding school. Highly controversial in conservative quarters, the book's arguments were welcomed and recognised by many readers who shared Warner's experiences.In this new edition, Marina Warner has written a new preface which reviews the book in the light of the current debate about secularism, faith, nations, and social identities. She takes issue with her original mistaken conclusion that the modern age would see the cult of Mary fade away and revisesit in the light of recent popes' enthusiasm for the Mother of God, a fresh wave of visions and revelations, a new generation of female saints, and the reorientation of theological approaches to the woman question.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Alone of All Her Sex: Cult of the Virgin Mary
Kirjailijat:Marina Warner (Tekijä)
Info:Quartet Books (1978), Edition: New edition, 422 pages
Kokoelmat:A: The spirit of things
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Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (tekijä: Marina Warner) (1976)

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> Seule entre toutes les femmes. Mythe et culte de la vierge Marie de Marina WARNER, Traduit de l’anglais par Nicole Ménant (Rivages, 1989, 420 p., 155 F.)
Se reporter au compte rendu de J.-L. S.
In: Revue Esprit No. 154 (9) (Septembre 1989), p. 154… ; (en ligne),
URL : https://esprit.presse.fr/article/joel-roman/myriam-revault-d-allones-d-une-mort-...
  Joop-le-philosophe | Oct 2, 2020 |
Very interesting overview, particularly for someone like me who grew up in a Protestant tradition and has often been baffled by the iconography of the Roman church. Warner tries to sort out the different strands of myth, ideology and academic theology in the construction of the complex system of beliefs and doctrines associated with Mary, particularly looking at the way they have shaped and been shaped by attitudes to women in societies where Catholicism is prevalent. It often isn't easy to see whether the myth was shaped by the ideology or vice-versa, but she does make things a bit clearer. ( )
  thorold | Feb 17, 2011 |
As someone who was educated in a catholic school Marina Warner understands what having this paragon of womankind as an example does to young girls. This is a very interesting look at how the myth of the Virgin Mary has evolved over the centuries. Very little is said about her in the Bible but a whole cult has been imagined - using the Old Testament; assuming the attributes of goddesses from older religions and various miracles and sightings associated with her. Marina Warner has presented this history in a well documented version and this is a fascinating insight into this aspect of Catholic history and well worth reading. ( )
  calm | Jan 2, 2011 |
This study of the cult of the Virgin Mary is a little dated (first published 1976) but still one of the key books on the topic and widely referenced in more recent publications. Through an analysis of the various ways in which Mary has been regarded, Warner traces the development of the her cult from New Testament times to the modern day. There is an inevitable focuses on the Middle Ages, when the cult was at its height, but other periods are not ignored.

The book is sympathetic but uncompromising, critical in the best sense of the word, and Warner presents her case cogently and without becoming strident. Given the gushing adoration and anti-Catholic invective I've encountered while reading about the topic, the tone of this book was very welcome.

Recommended for those with a particular interest in the topic - although the very fervent supporter of Mary and the very fervent opponent of Catholicism might both feel that it's too sympathetic to the other side of the debate. ( )
9 ääni catherinestead | Jul 10, 2010 |
I am in love with the Virgin!

Her 4 dogmas:
the paradox of divine motherhood and virginity;
the Immaculate Conception (HER conception -- uncorrupted by sin);
the assumption of her body and soul into heaven (her body -- uncorrupted by death);
and her position as mediator between heaven & earth, being a creature of both

"A myth of such dimension is not simply a story, or a collection of stories, but a magic mirror like the Lady of Shalott's, reflecting a people and the beliefs they produce, recount, and hold." (xxiii)

"the Platonic yearning towards the ideal ... is the core of the cult of the Virgin Mary.... Of course the belief that man should constantly aspire to higher things has been fundamental to western moral philosophy since Plato.... Metaphysical mysteries must defy reason, for if the human mind could compass them, they would lose their sacred character. So Christ the God-Man and Mary the Virgin-Mother blot out antinomy, absolve contradiction, and manifest that the impossible is possible with God." (Epilogue)
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This unique study of the cult of the Virgin Mary offers a way of thinking about the interrelations of Catholicism and ideas of ideal femininity over the longue duree. An ambitious history of the changing symbolism of the Mother of God, Alone of All Her Sex holds up to the light differentemphases occurring at different times, and highlights that the apparent archetype of a magna mater is constantly in play with social and historical conditions and values. Marina Warner's interesting perspective was forged in the aftermath of significant postwar developments in history, anthropology,and feminism and the book inspired fierce debates when it was first published in 1976. Alone of All Her Sex is also an emotive, personal statement, arising from Warner's own upbringing as a Catholic. It picks up on classic accounts such as Mary MacCarthy's Memoirs of a Catholic Girlhood and AntoniaWhite's Frost in May, as well as the author's own experiences at a Catholic boarding school. Highly controversial in conservative quarters, the book's arguments were welcomed and recognised by many readers who shared Warner's experiences.In this new edition, Marina Warner has written a new preface which reviews the book in the light of the current debate about secularism, faith, nations, and social identities. She takes issue with her original mistaken conclusion that the modern age would see the cult of Mary fade away and revisesit in the light of recent popes' enthusiasm for the Mother of God, a fresh wave of visions and revelations, a new generation of female saints, and the reorientation of theological approaches to the woman question.

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