Irigaray’s Madonna

Kelso, Julie (2015) Irigaray’s Madonna. Feminist Theology, 23 2: 171-185.

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Author Kelso, Julie
Title Irigaray’s Madonna
Journal name Feminist Theology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0966-7350
Publication date 2015-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 23
Issue 2
Start page 171
End page 185
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this essay, I argue that Luce Irigaray’s recent, seemingly esoteric readings of the Madonna, actually provide us with a constructive, perhaps even politically progressive, interpretive mode for engaging with the religious texts and figures of our tradition as women. As such, I argue that through her own specific interpretive practice Irigaray provides us with a new image of Mary, and this new Madonna figures the very interrelational interpretive practice that Irigaray believes essential when it comes to our engagements with the (religious) texts of our tradition. Irigaray’s Madonna is an ethical listener, interpreter and exchanger of ‘sacred’ discourse and it is this aspect of Mary that warrants our allegiance. To imitate Mary is to practice reading, listening, and interpreting in the feminine, practices that can aid us in our ‘becoming spiritual’, which in Irigarayan terms is another way of saying ‘becoming woman’.
Keyword Irigaray, Luce, 1939-
Ethics of reading
Biblical interpretation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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