Negotiating Religion: Cultural Representations of Conservative Protestant Women and Girls in Northern and Western Europe

Nella van den Brandt, Sandra Wallenius-Korkalo

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Abstract

This article analyses the production of gendered subjectivities in contemporary cultural representations of women and girls belonging to conservative protestant communities in Northern and Western Europe. We take the recent work of the Finnish and Dutch female novelists Pauliina Rauhala and Franca Treur as our case study. We explore how their novels represent the negotiations of women and girls from conservative protestant faiths and traditions. Approaching the novels as narratives of sense-making, we focus on notions of creativity and imagination, and gendered embodied experiences. Our analysis thus sheds light on contemporary understandings of women in conservative religions in contemporary Northern and Western Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-249
Number of pages23
JournalTemenos: Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion
Volume56
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • representation
  • literary fiction
  • sense-making
  • women
  • conservative religion
  • Europe

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