Literary theology by women writers of the nineteenth century

Styler, Rebecca (2010) Literary theology by women writers of the nineteenth century. The Nineteenth Century Series . Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey, UK & Burlington, VT, USA. ISBN 9780754667353, 9781409423195

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Abstract

Examining popular fiction, life writing, poetry and political works, Rebecca Styler explores women's contributions to theology in the nineteenth century. Female writers acted as amateur theologians through the use of secular literary forms, through which they questioned the Christian tradition relative to contemporary concerns about political ethics, gender identity, and personal meaning. Each writer negotiates the gendered constraints and opportunities available to her particular religious setting and her chosen literary genre. Expressing frustrations with their inherited religious tradition, each nonetheless finds resources within it to reconfigure Christianity in creative and earthly ways, to meet pressing personal and social needs. Subjects include the novelist Emma Worboise, Anne Bronte's poetry, Harriet Martineau's Unitarian writings, Josephine Butler's campaign literature, and collective biographies of Bible women by writers including Clara Balfour, Sarah Hale and Anna Jameson.

Item Type:Book or Monograph
Keywords:theology, victorian women writers, nineteenth-century religion, victorian feminism, Josephine Butler, Anne Bronte, spiritual biography, Harriet Martineau, Emma Worboise, the woman question, christianity, feminist theology, liberation theology, romanticism, Life of Thomas Arnold, gender and genre
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q300 English studies
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V330 History of Religions
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V600 Theology and Religious studies
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V641 The Bible and Christian texts
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:4278
Deposited By: Rebecca Styler
Deposited On:21 Mar 2011 16:05
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 09:18

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