Archive for the 'daughters to mothers' Category

A Modern Theresa

October 13, 2011

“This book is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Merle Walker. A brilliant philosopher, poet, scholar, and teacher, she was as circumscribed as any fourteenth-century woman by her society’s assumptions about female nurturing and self-sacrifice. Only those who knew her will understand fully the ways in which this book is a tribute to her and an exploration of the pain and triumph of her life. But this book is more. For the books my mother might have written never appeared. My act of writing is therefore my pledge to her granddaughter, Antonia Walker, and to her granddaughter’s generation that women’s creativity shall not in the future be silenced. It is also an expression of hope that those future generations of women will not lose the compassion, the altruism, and the moral courage that made Merle Walker’s life not a tragedy of self-abnegation but a triumph over meaninglessness and suffering.”

– Caroline Walker Bynum, Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women (1987)


Long Gestation

December 25, 2009

“My mother, Eve Caciola, has offered me love and support throughout the long gestation of this project–and though she might have preferred me to gestate in other ways, I appreciate her forbearance.”

Nancy Caciola, Discerning Spirits: Divine and Demonic Possession in the Middle Ages (2003)