Drawing on the Spanish Kabbalah's account of the divine speaking Woman, analysed in terms derived from contemporary feminist stylistics - especially the speculative-cum-theological variety associated with Luce Irigaray's work - this study examines the problem of female self-presentation in two vels from quite different cultural periods and national literary contexts. The study concludes that the two works participate in the long history of kabbalistic-hermetic reflexion on the nature and status of the Divine Feminine and its expression in language. The deft deployment of current French feminist thinking to elucidate both the theme of the Divine Feminine and the stylistic resources available for formal female self-expression t only sharpens our perception of what is being articulated in the vels themselves. It opens up a remarkably illuminating historical dimension stretching back to the origins of Kabbalah, in which contemporary feminism finds its place.
The Author: Patricia D. Zecevic was awarded her Ph.D. in German and Hispanic Studies at Glasgow University in 1998. She is Lecturer at the University of Glasgow where she teaches German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Her work, in the form of essays and articles, has concentrated mainly on the area of German-Hispanic cultural relations.