Negotiating Religion

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

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.79326

Keywords:

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

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.

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Published

2020-12-21

How to Cite

van den Brandt, N., & Wallenius-Korkalo, S. (2020). Negotiating Religion: Cultural Representations of Conservative Protestant Women and Girls in Northern and Western Europe. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 56(2), 227–49. https://doi.org/10.33356/temenos.79326