Friday, September 23, 2011

a woman's faith development

Wouldn't this be a strange yet terrifying adventure?

"Unlike the epic hero, however, the female protagonist does not know her own goal in advance and must discover it through fluid adventure - meditation, memory, prayer, questioning, and associative weavings. And unlike the epic hero, her role is not to support but unravel and rewrite the already-written drama or script of religion and history." (Slee 2004, 98)

quoted in Diarmuid O'Murchu's Adult Faith pg 113

but isn't there a better antonym for epic hero than female protagonist? I understand it has been said that women can't be classic heroes - that our task is different (remember Robert Grave's opinion that a woman can only be a muse and never a poet?) - where is the balance?

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