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Morny Joy

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780719055232

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719055232.001.0001

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Irigaray’s eastern excursion

Irigaray’s eastern excursion

(p.124) Chapter 6 Irigaray’s eastern excursion
Divine Love

Morny Joy

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines Irigaray's more recent turn to eastern religions and the impact that this has on her previous position. Irigaray does not confine herself to subversive readings of the myths and images of women in ancient Greek culture or even to reinterpreting the Annunciation of Mary, but she turns her creative musings towards what she terms ‘Far-Eastern traditions’, specifically India. The chapter is an exploration of this turn in Irigaray's work and the implications of this change, which also moves beyond simply the imaginative to a more spiritually apologetic mode of writing. The chapter also discusses Irigaray's work in the light of recent discussions of Orientalism. In Irigaray's view, western civilization and religions have been dominated by the image of an omnipotent male God. She advocates that women begin to explore ways of becoming divine, so as to counteract centuries of a God made in the image of men.

Keywords:   Eastern religions, western civilization, myths, Greek culture, Orientalism, omnipotent male God

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