Conclusion: Catholic Girls, Grown Up: Parting Thoughts from a Catholic Woman
The women writers of Catholic literature that this study has addressed originate from vastly varying geographical locations and cultural histories. Even when they write from similar social and spatial positions— the contemporary United States, for instance—they represent widely ranging backgrounds and education, as well as offer broadly different interpretations of their experiences. While these experiences come together in the form of girlhood narratives, the girls in such narratives face an assortment of oppressions in their lives, ranging from racism to sexism to clas-sism to homophobia to colonialism. These girls confront both their individual and their collective obstacles in a variety of ways as well, whether by actively contesting the oppressive reality of their everyday lives, as Rigoberta Menchú does in her memoir, I, Rigoberta Menchú, An Indian Woman in Guatemala, or by offering a more fictionalized response to oppression, as La Loca does with her magic in Ana Castillo’s So Far From God.
KeywordsCatholic Church Woman Writer Catholic Woman Modern Language Association Feminist Theology
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