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General Information

Name:  Annette Van Dyke  

Pen Name: None



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Illinois Connection

Van Dyke is an Associate Professor, Women's Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, English at the University of Illinois Springfield Campus.

Biographical and Professional Information

Dr. Van Dyke is widely published in the area of Native American literary criticism on such authors as Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Paula Gunn Allen. She is the author of ''The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality'', which manages to combine most of her interests in one book. She has also written a feminist murder mystery, ''Hooded Murder''. Van Dyke served as President of the National Women’s Studies Association from 2000-2001 and received the Naomi B. Lynn Award in 2003. She is also a judge for the Illinois Center for the Book's Illinois Emerging Writers Competition.

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Titles At Your Library

The Search for a Woman-Centered Spirituality (The Cutting Edge: Lesbian Life and Literature Series)
ISBN: 0814787703

NYU Press. 1992

"[A] bridge-building book [that] illuminates the interconnections among feminist creators from multi-cultural mainstream traditions one that creates bonds of sisterhood. Annette Van Dyke makes us aware of the way in which feminist spirituality unites women, even when the material conditions of their lives foster divisions."
—Gloria Feman Orenstein, University of Southern California, author of The Reflowering of the Goddess

Alongside the boom in feminist and lesbian scholarship and activism of the last twenty years, there has evolved a distinctive spiritual tradition focused on and revolving around women. This spirituality finds its roots in a number of different traditions, including the Native American, African American, and Euro American traditions. Central to these disparate traditions is the focus on a goddess figure, the centrality of the female principle, and the mending of the separation between mind and body.

Weaving the strands of women's spirituality from different cultures together, Annette van Dyke here addresses the commonalities among these rich traditions. Examining the work and writings of such figures as Leslie Marmon Silko, Paula Gunn Allen, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, Starhawk, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Sonia Johnson, and Mary Daly, Van Dyke illustrates how these writers and activists outline a journey toward wholeness - a "curing ceremony" - that allows them to reclaim their spirituality from the deadening influence of patriarchal religions. Taken together, their work contributes to a vision of a world based on a female principle, one which exemplifies a lesbian-feminist ethic.

Hooded Murder: A Jessie Batelle Mystery
ISBN: 1562801341

Naiad Pr. 1996

Book by Van Dyke, Annette Joy

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