Reclaiming Myths of Power: Women Writers and the Victorian Spiritual Crisis

Reclaiming Myths of Power: Women Writers and the Victorian Spiritual Crisis

by William F. Zak
     
 

This book re-examines the Victorian spiritual crisis from the perspective of the period's women writers, exploring the spiritual dimension in their lives and narratives. The introduction considers the relationship between sacred and secular canons and the limited access women have had to both. In the following chapters, case studies of the lives and selected texts of… See more details below

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This book re-examines the Victorian spiritual crisis from the perspective of the period's women writers, exploring the spiritual dimension in their lives and narratives. The introduction considers the relationship between sacred and secular canons and the limited access women have had to both. In the following chapters, case studies of the lives and selected texts of Florence Nightingale, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot provide an in-depth analysis of the relationship between female spiritual crises and diverse narrative strategies that reappropriate the conservative power associated with religious symbolism for a radical revisioning of women's social subjection. By analyzing the neglected spiritual crises these women experienced, their discourse, and that produced by other Victorian women, this study reveals a more complex, problematic, and polemical dialogue during the period than has previously been argued.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780838752784
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
02/01/1995
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

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