The Woman Priest

The Woman Priest

A Translation of Sylvain Marâechal's Novella, La Femme Abbâe

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"My God! Pardon me if I have dared to make sacred things serve a profane love; but it is you who have put passion into our hearts; they are not crimes-I feel this in the purity of my intentions." -Agatha, writing to Zoé. In pre-revolutionary Paris, a young woman falls for a handsome young priest. To be near him, she dresses as a man, enters his seminary, and is invited to become a fully ordained Catholic priest-a career forbidden to women then as now. Sylvain Maréchal's epistolary novella offers a biting rebuke to religious institutions and a hypocritical society; its views on love, marriage, class, and virtue remain relevant today. The book ends in La Nouvelle France, which became part of British-run Canada during Maréchal's lifetime. With thorough notes and introduction by Sheila Delany, this first translation of Maréchal's novella, La femme abbé, brings a little-known but revelatory text to the attention of readers interested in French history and literature, history of the novel, women's studies, and religious studies.
Publisher: [United States] : The University of Alberta Press : Made available through hoopla, 2016.
ISBN: 9781772122879
1772122874
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Delany, Sheila
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