February 26, 2007

Religion for Women Steroetyping...

The most difficult part of this essay for me was figuring out how this essay fit in with mimetic criticism. Then it hit me. Josephine Donovan is talking about the truth (as she sees it) of the image of woman. I liked how she used movies to perfect her argument, however I was caught off guard by her Mary/Eve reference at first. I think that it must be because it is Lent and thinking about Mary at this time is an image I struggle with.

The passage in which Donovan talks about Mary and Eve is this:

Female stereotypes symbolize either the spiritual or the material, good or evil. Mary, the mother of Jesus, came through time to exemplify the ultimate in spiritual goodness, and Eve, the partner of Adam, the most sinister of evil physicality.

She then proceeds to break down the differences between the two. I guess that my major problem with this is that Eve seriously is misrepresented. Maybe it was the way that I was brought up, but I was brought up to believe that even though Eve was tempted into eating the apple, and then brought Adam to eating the apple God still loved them. On the other hand, Donovanís argument does make sense because females are often used as both types of characters. As redeemers and condemners, but at the same time men are used the same way by some authors.

I think that is where I fall into a trap oftentimes when Iím thinking about the different uses of the female image. I tend to think that even though females are used as both good and evil many times I find that the females are mostly naive and neither good nor evil. Iím probably way off base there, but alas those are my feelings and Iím sticking with them.

Donovan, ''Beyond the Net: Feminist Criticism as a Moral Criticism'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

Posted by Tiffany Brattina at February 26, 2007 8:36 PM | TrackBack

Whether we're looked as good or bad, temptresses or naive, we are still being put into a sort of feminine writing "box". These are the traditional elements that are represented in many works about women...what is expected. The fact that we have an expectation on how a woman should act or be portrayed in a literary work shows the contrast I think Donovan was trying to display.

Posted by: Nessa at February 28, 2007 10:16 PM
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