The Mary Daly Reader

464 pages

January, 2017

ISBN: 9781479877768



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Mary Daly (1928-2010) was an American radical feminist philosopher, academic, and theologian.  She taught at Boston College for 33 years.

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Jennifer Rycenga is Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at San José State University.  She has co-edited two books: Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and Resistance, with Marguerite Waller; and Queering the Popular Pitch with Sheila Whiteley.

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Linda Barufaldi is a lifelong radical feminist activist who has worked in the peace, civil rights, women’s, LGBT and environmental movements.  

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Robin Morgan is the editor of Sisterhood Is Powerful, named “One of the 100 most influential Books of the 20th Century” by the New York Public Library.

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Mary E. Hunt is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual (WATER).

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Makes key excerpts from Daly's work accessible to readers who are seeking to access the essence of her thought in a single volume. 
Outrageous, humorous, inflammatory, Amazonian, intellectual, provocative, controversial, and a discoverer of Feminist word-magic, Mary Daly’s influence on Second Wave feminism was enormous. She burst through constraints to articulate new ways of being female and alive. This comprehensive reader offers a vital introduction to the core of Daly’s work and the  complexities secreted away in the pages of her books. Her major theories—Bio-philia, Be-ing as Verb, and the life force within words—and major controversies—relating to race, transgender identity, and separatism—are all covered, and the editors have provided introductions to each selection for context.  

The text has been crafted to be accessible to a broad readership, without diluting Daly’s witty but complicated vocabulary. Begun in collaboration with Daly while she was still alive, and completed after her death in 2010, the chapters in this book will surprise even those who thought they knew her work. They contain highlights from Mary Daly’s published works over a forty-year span, including her major books Beyond God the Father, Gyn/Ecology, and Pure Lust, as well as smaller articles and excerpts, with additional contributions from Robin Morgan and Mary E. Hunt.  

Perfect for those seeking an introduction to this path-breaking feminist thinker, The Mary Daly Reader makes key excerpts from her work accessible to new readers as well as those already familiar with her work who are seeking to access the essence of her thought in a single volume.


  • “In sum, this anthology is an intellectual gift to feminists everywhere. It reminds us to be fearlessly feminist, to uphold our diverse feminist intellectual traditions, and to collaborate with each other in ways that encourage feminist resistance to the technocratic, necrophilic, and neo-fascist threats, laws, and practice harming those performing as women.”

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  • "Brings us face to face with the radical, groundbreaking work of a feminist philosopher whose expectations for women were only exceeded by her commitment to them. I still vividly remember my first encounter with Mary Daly's work, the exhilaration of her wordsmithery, the sense of freedom and clarity that came from having the evils of the world named and condemned, and the ensuing commitment sparked to do something with these insights - to work to dismantle structures of injustice at the root. We need these kinds of transformative encounters today and this book is up to the task... This painstakingly crafted reader invites our engagement (new or continuing) with one of the sharpest thinkers of our time, challenging us to leap into Mary Daly's originally brilliant work and to transcend beyond it."

    —Xochitl Alvizo, California State University, Northridge

  • "She was a great trained philosopher, theologian, and poet, and she used all of those tools to demolish patriarchy -- or any idea that domination is natural -- in its most defended place, which is religion."

    —Gloria Steinem, Boston Globe, January 2010