Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 August 2013

320 Pages | 19 b/w illustrations

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823251650

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Veiled Desires

Intimate Portrayals of Nuns in Postwar Anglo-American Film

Maureen Sabine

A Fordham University Press Publication

  • Veiled Desires studies Hollywood's fascination with nuns in film. Women religious have often served as a jumping-off point for other discussions, but only rarely have they in themselves been the subject of scholarship, and never has there been a book-length study.
  • This book turns the focus of discussion back on the cinematic nun as a woman and a religious in the twentieth century, one striving for a life that integrates personal and professed, worldly and sacred, traditional and modern, gender and spiritual aspirations.
  • The impressive breadth of films studied include: Casablanca (1942), The Bells of St. Mary>'s (1945), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Black Narcissus (1947), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), Sea Wife (1957), The Nun's Story (1959), The Sound of Music (1965), Change of Habit (1969), In This House of Brede (1975), Agnes of God (1985), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Doubt (2008).
  • Sabine's prose is lyrical, witty, and generally fun to read.

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