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The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature
     

The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature

by Tracy Fessenden
 

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From witch trials to pickaxe murderers, from brothels to convents, and from slavery to Toni Morrison's Paradise, these essays provide fascinating and provocative insights into our sexual and religious conventions and beliefs.

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From witch trials to pickaxe murderers, from brothels to convents, and from slavery to Toni Morrison's Paradise, these essays provide fascinating and provocative insights into our sexual and religious conventions and beliefs.

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Fifteen essays, by academics in English or American studies (with one advanced graduate student) bring contemporary theory to the subject of Puritan sexual culture, with topics that include: a Foucaultian analysis of a 17th-century sexual deviant and his fate; Puritan attitudes towards sex and the poet Michael Wigglesworth, Cotton Mather, and Kenneth Starr; Frederick Douglass's struggles with Christianity; race and white male sexuality; the Puritan reaction to the representatives of diverse faiths at the 1893 Parliament of Religions in Chicago; Jane Rule and the ; and critique of the Puritan myth in the work of Toni Morrison. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781136692369
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/05/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Tracy Fessenden is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Nicholas Radel is Professor of English at Furman University. Magdalena Zaborowska is Associate Professor of English at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

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