(PRWEB) February 13, 2004
Why is it that a dedicated teacher of deaf children must suffer a brutal fate for challenging her Catholic upbringing and patriarchy? How is it that a group of nuns who have scaled the Berlin Wall to escape East Germany need the help of a wandering handyman to build a chapel? Is it possible for a Catholic woman struggling with her faith to save all of humanity?
Hollywood and Catholic Women: Virgins, Whores, Mothers, and Other Images examines these and other questions in 15 films that focus on the situation unique to women religious or those living their lives in Catholic environments.
Hollywood and Catholic Women investigates how the patriarchal structures of Hollywood, Roman Catholicism, and Western society have conspired to diminish womenÂs significance. Frequently focusing on the fear of women, such ingrained attitudes often influence the cinematic portrayals of Catholic women in American film.
The audience for Hollywood and Catholic Women covers a broad spectrum, encompassing those interested in the areas of feminism, film, education, media, religion, and popular culture. To read an excerpt of Hollywood and Catholic Women visit the web site http://www.women-write.com.
Kathryn Schleich originally wrote her masterÂs thesis on the image of Catholic women in Hollywood films in 1992. The topic continued to arouse such interest that she chose to revise and expand the book in 2003.
Hollywood and Catholic Women is available through iUniverse at http://www.iuniverse.com for $13.95 (US). Both entertaining and informative, this book is meant to get people talking and look beyond the stereotypes and limitations so often assigned Catholic women in film.