Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-1940

Women, Gender and Religious Cultures in Britain, 1800-1940

By: Sue Morgan (editor), Jacqueline de Vries (editor)Paperback

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This volume is the first comprehensive overview of women, gender and religious change in modern Britain spanning from the evangelical revival of the early 1800s to interwar debates over women's roles and ministry. This collection of pieces by key scholars combines cross-disciplinary insights from history, gender studies, theology, literature, religious studies, sexuality and postcolonial studies. The book takes a thematic approach, providing students and scholars with a clear and comparative examination of ten significant areas of cultural activity that both shaped, and were shaped by women's religious beliefs and practices: family life, literary and theological discourses, philanthropic networks, sisterhoods and deaconess institutions, revivals and preaching ministry, missionary organisations, national and transnational political reform networks, sexual ideas and practices, feminist communities, and alternative spiritual traditions. Together, the volume challenges widely-held truisms about the increasingly private and domesticated nature of faith, the feminisation of religion and the relationship between secularisation and modern life. Including case studies, further reading lists, and a survey of the existing scholarship, and with a British rather than Anglo-centric approach, this is an ideal book for anyone interested in women's religious experiences across the nineteeth and twentieth centuries.

About Author

Sue Morgan is Reader in Women's and Gender History at the University of Chichester. Her publications include Women, Religion and Feminism in Britain, 1750-1900 (2002) and The Feminist History Reader (2006). Jacqueline deVries is Associate Professor of History at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. She has published a number of essays on the intersections among religion, gender, feminism and war, and is co-author, with Cheri Register, of Living Faith (2007).


Introduction Sue Morgan and Jacqueline DeVries 1. Is there a Bible in the house? Gender, Religion and Family Culture Sarah Williams 2 Women, Writing and the Creation of Theological Cultures Julie Melnyk 3 Women and Philanthropic Cultures Susan Mumm 4 Women, religious ministry and female institution-building Carmen Mangion 5 `With fear and trembling': women, preaching and spiritual authority Pamela Walker 6 Professionalising their faith: Women, religion and the cultures of mission and empire Rhonda Semple 7 Women, religion and reform Clare Midgley 8 `The Word Made Flesh': Women, Religion and Sexual Cultures Sue Morgan 9 More than Paradoxes to Offer: Feminism, History and Religious Cultures Jacqueline DeVries 10 Modernity, Heterodoxy and the Transformation of Religious Cultures Joy Dixon Afterword: Women, Gender and Religion in post-1940 Britain Sue Morgan and Jacqueline DeVries Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780415232135
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 246
  • ID: 9780415232135
  • weight: 386
  • ISBN10: 0415232139

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