Apophasis and Ecstasy, At the Limits of Gender
Professor Amy Hollywood, Harvard Divinity School
There is a longstanding convention that men’s religious writings are
more intellectual and speculative than those of women, which are
commonly said to be rooted in the emotional experiences of their
female authors. Although almost any serious scholar of Christianity
will insist that this convention is wrong, it constantly reappears
in scholarly as well as popular works. I want to continue the
project of debunking the claim, but also to show why it has been
around for so long and remained so persistent. Most importantly,
what is at stake for historians of Christianity, theologians, and
practitioners in maintaining this gender divide? And what might be
gained by undoing it?
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