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    The Goddess
    Mythological Images of the Feminine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Christine Downing
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780826409171
    ISBN 10: 0826409172

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.7
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: JFSJ1
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JFHF, HRKP
    B&T General Subject: 750
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: SOC011000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25490
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A13280000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 292.2/114, 292.2114
    Ingram Subject Code: THWF
    Libri: I-THWF
    DC20: 292.211
    BISAC V2.8: REL062000
    LC classification: BL785 .D66 1996, BL785.D66
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, JBSF1, QRS
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    Publication date
    01 May 1996
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    "In a series of chapters each focusing on a different goddess or mythical woman, Christine Downing traces her own path of individuation from maiden-daughter to mature woman. She writes in a direct and intimate way, using to great but effortless effect her deep culture and wide learning."-The Journal of Analytical Psychology
    Review text
    Greek mythology as a source of feminist wisdom: the rapturous account of one woman's search for the "immanent She." Downing (Religious Studies-Psychology, San Diego State) is a good amateur classicist, and her attempts to find matriarchal meanings buried in the patriarchal text, or palimpsest, of Hellenic culture are generally successful. But this is no mere scholarly exercise. With undisguised passion and sometimes embarrassing frankness Downing describes how, after sloughing off the Christianity of her childhood, she turned to Persephone, Ariadne (a mortal heroine but originally divine), Hera, Athena, Gala, Artemis, and Aphrodite, not as pale literary-philosophical emblems of the shifting patterns in her sexual experience but as living teachers, helpers, wellsprings of strength. So vividly, in fact, does she feel the reality of her goddesses that Downing writes the whole chapter on Aphrodite in the second person. "Now that it is time to begin to discover who I am apart from you, I realize I must confront you directly," etc. Obviously Downing's more cold-eyed and secular-minded readers will have a hard time with this, but the weakest feature of her quest to satisfy her thirst for sacred images of "the feminine" is its pervasive narcissism. At one point Downing is lying naked and alone in the Southern California desert, communing with Daia, "the divine presence of earth." She is also, as it happens, erotically stimulating herself: "And . . . my fingers in their wanderings came across the moist spot and followed the channel whose opening it marked, deep, deep down into the center within - her sacred place . . . I knew this was . . . a moment of completion, of finding Her." Perhaps, but the masturbatory accents of this episode suggest that Downing's religion is still, in some respects, in an adolescent phase. (Kirkus Reviews)
    Back cover copy
    The chapters in this book interweave childhood memories, dreams from many different periods, and a complex history of identification from the authors own past--from girl to woman.