53 / 2021
Ana Jelnikar

Marija Sreš, the Missionary Who Became an Indian Writer: Toward New Trends in Researching Women Missionaries

This paper delves into the life story of the missionary and award-winning writer Marija Sreš, opening up new avenues of engaging the subject of female migrations. Its primary concern is to highlight the combined religious and secular calling in the life journey and literary output of this Sister, who often transcended designated gender roles. Her story is read against the wider context of the Catholic International of the 1970s. Religion is seen to inspire her social commitment, offering her both social legiti­mation for female action and agency as well as the possibilities for self-realization (also through writing).
KEYWORDS: Marija Sreš, missionary literature, female missionary migration, Catholic International, India

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