Explorations of Spirituality in American Women's Literature: The Aging Woman in the Image of God (Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature) (Hardcover)

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This book connects the aging woman to the image of God in the work of Flannery O'Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, Alicia Ostriker, Lucille Clifton, Mary Szybist, and Anne Babson. It introduces a canon of contemporary American women's spiritual literature with the goal of showing how this literature treats aging and spirituality as major, connected themes. It demonstrates that such literature interacts meaningfully with feminist theology, social science research on aging and body image, attachment theory, and narrative identity theory. The book provides an interdisciplinary context for the relationship between aging and spirituality in order to confirm that US women's writing provides unique illustrations of the interconnections between aging and spirituality signaled by other fields. This book demonstrates that relationships between the human and divine remain a consistent and valuable feature of contemporary women's literature and that the divine-human relationship is under constant literary revision.

About the Author


Scarlett Cunningham works in the education and nonprofit sectors at the intersections of literary studies, theology, and social work. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Women's Studies and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama and her doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi, with specialties in American Literature, aging, gender, and religion. She has taught at several state and faith-based institutions across the United States, where her offerings have included courses on writing, American Literature, Women's Studies, body image in literature, and religion in literature.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781032454689
ISBN-10: 1032454687
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: July 7th, 2023
Pages: 204
Language: English
Series: Routledge Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Literature