The Transforming Power of the Nuns: Women, Religion, and Cultural Change in Ireland, 1750-1900

The Transforming Power of the Nuns: Women, Religion, and Cultural Change in Ireland, 1750-1900

by Mary Peckham Magray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195112997

ISBN-13: 9780195112993

Pub. Date: 06/28/1998

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Mary Peckham Magray argues that the Irish Catholic cultural revolution in the nineteenth century was effected not only by male elites, as previous scholarship has claimed, but also by the most overlooked and underestimated women in Ireland: the nuns. Once thought to be merely passive servants of the male clerical hierarchy, women's religious orders were in fact

Overview

Mary Peckham Magray argues that the Irish Catholic cultural revolution in the nineteenth century was effected not only by male elites, as previous scholarship has claimed, but also by the most overlooked and underestimated women in Ireland: the nuns. Once thought to be merely passive servants of the male clerical hierarchy, women's religious orders were in fact at the very center of the creation of a devout Catholic culture in Ireland. Often well-educated, articulate, and evangelical, nuns were much more social and ambitious than traditional stereotypical views have held. They used their wealth and their authority to effect changes in both the religious practices and daily activity of the larger Irish Catholic population, and by doing so, Magray argues, deserve a far larger place in the Irish historical record than they have previously been accorded.

Magray's innovative work challenges some of the most widely held assumptions of social history in nineteenth-century Ireland. It will be of interest to scholars and students of Irish history, religious history, women's studies, and sociology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195112993
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
1620L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

One Women Religious and the Devotional Revolution
3(11)
Two Founding Women
14(18)
Three Convents, Class, and Catholic Identity
32(14)
Four Intimate Boundaries
46(28)
Five Cultural Authority
74(13)
Six Transforming Catholic Culture
87(20)
Seven Bishops, Priests, and Nuns
107(20)
Eight Conclusion
127(4)
Appendix 131(4)
Abbreviations 135(2)
Notes 137(30)
Bibliography 167(12)
Index 179
Photos follow page 64

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