Copyright Date: 1989
Pages: 88
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    Book Description:

    What are the forces that cause us to strike out and harm each other?Captivityexplores the way in which the individual is held hostage by society; how the forces of racism, sexism, and classism frequently express themselves as violence within the family. The book also explores a deeper captivity, like the Jews in Egypt yearning for the Promised Land, the soul trapped in exile from God.

    eISBN: 978-0-8229-7851-0
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. [i]-[x])
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. [xi]-[xii])
  3. I. Blackbottom
  4. II. Red Angel
  5. III. The Testimony of Sister Maureen
    • The Testimony of Sister Maureen
      (pp. 41-48)

      Sister Maureen Murphy, a teaching nun in the Rochester-based Sisters of St. Joseph, was arraigned in June 1976, on a charge of first-degree manslaughter in the death of her newborn son. In 1977, she was tried and declared not guilty.

      “I know it matters if I’m convicted, but I’ve already imprisoned myself in my mind and heart. I’m imprisoned because I can’t escape from my thoughts. I want to know if I harmed the child. I know I must have, because I was the only one there.”

      —From a conversation with psychiatrist William Liberston on 20 May 1976.

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  6. IV. The Terrible Bright Air
  7. Back Matter
    (pp. 69-69)