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Believing ScholarsTen Catholic Intellectuals$
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823225255

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823225255.001.0001

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Memoirs and Meaning

Memoirs and Meaning

(p.58) Chapter 4 Memoirs and Meaning
Believing Scholars

Jill Ker Conway

Fordham University Press

This chapter reflects on Jill Ker Conway's spiritual journey and the way her Catholic faith had affected her scholarly life. Her Christian faith has led her interests in the moral and spiritual dimensions of the journey in time people make. The chapter focuses on the way people narrate life histories and the forms and conventions which define what can be thought and said about those travels. It also compares narratives written by Margaret Sanger, leader of the birth control movement in the United States, and Jane Addams, founder of The Hull House and the profession of social work, with the standard male narrative. In the female narrative, she is distancing herself from the action she herself has brought about. This style of narrative is in sharp contrast to the standard male narrative, in which planning, action, and agency are the main themes.

Keywords:   Conway, Christian faith, Margaret Sanger, Jane Addams, birth control movement, male narrative, female narrative

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