Manifesting the Female Epic,
edited by Sarah Anne Cox & Elizabeth Treadwell.
These are some notes toward a call for work, which we will announce soon (over the summer).
Manifesting the Female Epic
What lies behind the spiritual is a narrative, is how we picture ourselves. It is valuable for some and less so for others. I don’t wonder why narratives center around the masculine gods and demigods, but I do wonder what a narrative would look like that was composed of and addressed to the feminine.
How can we maintain that there is nothing essential about the feminine and make way for a heroine. Can there be no feminine Gilgamesh, Odysseus, Jesus, Siddhartha. Must she be an appendage to a male story, the helper maiden, dutiful wife who functions only within another’s narrative.
There is no gender neutral god.
Who gives birth to the female epic?
--Sarah Anne Cox
Intelligence has no gender.
What lies beneath narration is epic, is poetry.
Is epic the right word? What are our true terms?
What is, what has been, what might be, a female, a feminine, epic? Around our earth, who, historically, have been and who, presently, are, or might be, its practitioners?
How do we balance and integrate so many long-held oppositions and mithridate so many false authorizations? And what, beyond/deeper than repairing damage, does the manifestation of the female epic offer us?