While reading Mary Beth Moser’s (PhD) most excellent dissertation “The Everyday Spirituality of Women in the Italian Alps: A Trentino American Women’s Search for Spiritual Agency, Folk Wisdom, and Ancestral Values“, I came across a citation that kicked my butt.
But first let me explain that she, like me, is following the breadcrumbs as a women’s spirituality academic to research what the renowned scholar Lucia Birnbaum most profoundly described as following the path of our mothers.
Let me clarify: We are (re) looking at history through the lens of what our mothers and their mothers (our ancestors), went through and accomplished: what they thought; what they contributed to the narrative history (or were erased from); how they coped, and how they made culture, including such categories as ways of making food, making clothing, having and caring for babies, (and all that ancestral knowledge of herbs and women’s bodies, you right wing fucs); educating children, and being nurturing centers of culture and then keeping that culture alive through um…sustaining families.
If you think that ain’t important then divorce yrself from yr mother and yr favorite childhood food – mac n cheese and weenies, or fill the comfort food bill here, just fer starters.
Within these ancestral stories and within the discipline of academia (eff you who mistake method for content or who just don’t like the content after applying method) we find components of our subaltern history that we rigorously apply to what is a multidisciplinary approach to history (don’t get me started on backlash).
Now back to the citation that made my heart open as it was included in Mary Beth Moser’s dissertation, and which describes my most earnest attempts of so many pages of trying to explain my methodology and ontology. This says it all for me.