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Transformation Now!Toward a Post-Oppositional Politics of Change$
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AnaLouise Keating

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037849

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037849.001.0001

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“There is no arcane place for return”

“There is no arcane place for return”

Revisionist Mythmaking with a Difference

(p.111) Chapter Four “There is no arcane place for return”
Transformation Now!

AnaLouise Keating

University of Illinois Press

This chapter offers a detailed example of how scholars and other readers can use differences to forge commonalities. Reading Mary Daly in conversation with Gloria Anzaldúa and Audre Lorde, this chapter examines the limitations in typical western concepts of the universal and demonstrates the possibility of negotiating between the universal and the particular without denying the importance of either. It argues that these negotiations are transformational in (at least) two ways: they enable us to redefine the universal in radically open-ended and inclusionary ways. And, these negotiations between universal and particular alter readers' self-perceptions and collective definitions. Finally, this chapter also addresses post-structuralist critiques of origin stories and revisionist mythmaking.

Keywords:   revisionist mythmaking, universal, particular, feminist spiritual traditions, post-structuralist critiques, origin stories, transformational identity politics

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