Reinventing Christianity: Nineteenth Century Contexts

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Scholars of literature, history, art history, gender studies, and the social sciences explore Christian discourses, values, and representations, and their interaction with other cultural developments of the 19th century. Treating Christianity as a integral component of society rather than merely a system of thought, they analyze traces of Christianity in academic discourse, art, architecture, fiction, autobiography, poetry, sermons, journals and diaries, and the popular press. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754616504
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/1/2001
  • Pages: 306
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Contributors
Introduction 1
1 Evangelical Certainties: Charles Spurgeon and the Sermon as Crisis Literature 27
2 Fortress Catholicism: The Art of Ultramontanism at Notre Dame de Fourviere 37
3 Anglican Controversies: Debating Private Confession 67
4 The World's Parliament of Religions and the Rise of Alternative Spirituality 81
5 The Swedenborgian Church in England 97
6 Transcendentalists and Catholic Converts in Emerson's America 105
7 Rewriting Genesis: The Nineteenth-Century Roots of D. H. Lawrence's Religion 119
8 Wordsworth and the Sacralization of Place 127
9 Reactionary and Romantic: Joseph de Maistre and Shelley 139
10 The Religion of Thomas Carlyle 149
11 The Feminization of Piety in Nineteenth-Century Art 165
12 Women's Theology and the British Periodical Press 191
13 The Feminist Theology of Florence Nightingale 199
14 Elizabeth Gaskell, Gender and the Apocalypse 211
15 Science and Secularization 229
16 Contextualising the 'War' between Science and Religion 239
17 Philip Gosse and the Varieties of Natural Theology 251
Conclusion 263
References 269
Index 287
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