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Title Saving the world : girlhood and evangelicalism in nineteenth-century literature / edited by Allison Giffen and Robin L. Cadwallader
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (264 pages)
Series Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature
Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature.
Contents Chapter Introduction -- part SECTION I Evangelical Periodicals: Representing Girlhood in the Popular Press -- chapter 1 2Heart Talk3: Chinese Schoolgirls' Letters to American Girls -- chapter 2 Lessons for Girls in Sunday School Stories: Representations of Evangelical Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Religious Periodicals for Children in Protestant Canada -- chapter 3 Daughters of a Reading People: Representations of African American Girlhood and Female Literacy in the Christian Recorder -- part SECTION II Whiteness and Grace: Racializing Christian Girlhood -- chapter 4 2never was born [again]3: Grace, Blackness, and Harriet Beecher Stowe's Domestic Evangelicalism -- chapter 5 Opaque Bodies and Perpetual Girlhood in / Harriet E. Wilson's Our Nig -- part SECTION III Evangelicalism and Work: Reconceptualizing Reform -- chapter 6 Rebecca Harding Davis, Louisa May Alcott, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps: Saving the World by Reclaiming Caritas -- chapter 7 She 2had such things to say!3: Listening to 2deaf-mute3 Catty in Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's The Silent Partner -- chapter 8 Dwarsm and the Evangelical: Mary Garrettson's Call for Reform in Little Mabel and Her Sunlit Home and Little Mabel's Friends -- part SECTION IV Friends and Family: Evangelical and Relational Identities -- chapter 9 2love of kindred spirits3: Queer Friendship and the Evangelical Bildungsroman from The Wide, Wide World to Anne of Green Gables -- chapter 10 The Fortunate Fall: Disability and the Marriage Market in Martha Finley's Elsie's Children and Elsie's Widowhood -- chapter 11 Heavenly Fathers: Patriarchy, Paternity, and Afliation in The Lamplighter --
Summary "This book makes a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of childhood studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture by drawing on the intersecting fields of girlhood, evangelicalism, and reform to investigate texts written in North America about girls, for girls, and by girls. Responding both to the intellectual excitement generated by the rise of girlhood studies, as well as to the call by recent scholars to recognize the significance of religion as a meaningful category in the study of nineteenth-century literature and culture, this collection locates evangelicalism at the center of its inquiry into girlhood. Contributors draw on a wide range of texts, including canonical literature by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Susan Warner, and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and overlooked archives such as U.S. Methodist Sunday school fiction, children's missionary periodicals, and the Christian Recorder, the flagship newspaper of the AME church. These essays investigate representations of girlhood that engage, codify, and critique normative Protestant constructions of girlhood. Contributors examine girlhood in the context of reform, revealing the ways in which Protestantism at once constrained and enabled female agency. Drawing on a range of critical perspectives including African American Studies, Disability Studies, Gender Studies, and Material Culture Studies, this volume enriches our understanding of nineteenth century childhood by focusing on the particularities of girlhood, expanding it beyond that of the white, able-bodied, middle-class girl and attending to the intersectionality of identity and religion. "--Provided by publisher
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed September 11, 2017)
Subject Evangelicalism -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Femininity -- Religious aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Cadwallader, Robin L., author
Giffen, Allison, editor
ISBN 1317192540 (electronic bk.)
1317192559 (electronic bk.)
9781317192541 (electronic bk.)
9781317192558 (electronic bk.)