Maria Goretti: an Icon of Virginity, an Icon of Silence, An Opportunity for Change

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Maria Goretti: an Icon of Virginity, an Icon of Silence, An Opportunity for Change

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Title: Maria Goretti: an Icon of Virginity, an Icon of Silence, An Opportunity for Change
Author: Adland, Sara R.
Advisor: McGuire, Anne Marie
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Religion
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Running Time: 208216 bytes
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: For the past five decades the Roman Catholic Church has portrayed St. Maria Goretti as an icon of virginity, a modern virgin martyr. The Church has used her story to extol the values of chastity and purity and has presented her to the world as a model Catholic girl. Maria Goretti died from a brutal sexual assault. Yet this crime is almost never named as such in the representations of the Saint and her life. The lack of attention paid to this brutal act of sexual violence by the Church and by her hagiographers makes Maria not only an icon of virginity, but also an icon of the Church's silence in the face of rape and sexual assault. However, two contemporary female writers have used different representations of Maria's story to address sexual violence and break the silence the Church has developed on rape and sexual assault showing that there are alternatives to traditional representation and suggesting a potential for change within the Church.
Subject: Goretti, Maria, Saint, 1890-1902
Subject: Christian martyrs -- Italy -- Biography
Subject: Virginity -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
Subject: Sex crimes -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church
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Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1116

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Adland, Sara R.. "Maria Goretti: an Icon of Virginity, an Icon of Silence, An Opportunity for Change". 2006. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/1116.

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