Academic journal article Magistra

The Mary Daly Reader

Academic journal article Magistra

The Mary Daly Reader

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The Mary Daly Reader. Mary Daly, edited by Jennifer Rycenga and Linda Bamfaldi. New York University Press, 464 pp, $35. ISBN 978-1-4798-7776-8.

Whether or not one agrees with what she has to say or how she says it, it is generally acknowledged that Mary Daly was one of the significant figures in feminist theology and philosophy in the last decades of the twentieth century.

Encouraged by editor Jennifer Rycenga, this anthology was initiated by Daly herself before her death in 2010. It would seem probable that her hand was in the "About the Author" paragraph, which reads "Mary Daly was a Positively Revolting Hag, Amazonian adventurer, and Radical Lesbian-Feminist Philosopher. She Spun Her Webs on This Planet from 1928 until 2010." On the front cover, a grinning Daly swings an enormous battle ax toward the camera.

These bits set the tone, and it can be inferred that the writings included here are those which she thought were most seminal and important to represent her legacy. They span forty years of publications, from her major books to lesser known articles and excerpts. …

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