Same Wild Visions: Autobiographies by Female Itinerant Evangelists in Nineteenth-Century America

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This book is a study of seven autobiographies by women who defied the domestic ideology of nineteenth-century America by serving as itinerant preachers. Literally and culturally homeless, all of them used their autobiographies to construct, from an array of materials, plausible identities as women and Christians in an age that found them hard to understand.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Some Wild Visions pays great tribute to intrepid women, itinerant female evangelists whose lives and letters embodied the transformative nature of faith."—Legacy

"Grammer goes well beyond giving these women a voice; she dignifies their efforts by attending carefully to the tenor, tone, and themes of their autobiographies and discovering the ways they made sense of their deeply religous lives using contemporary cultural paradigms."—The Journal of Religion

"The strength of this book ... is Grammer's ability to contextualize her authors as historical actors and to ground her observations in the realities that emerge when race, gender, and religion intersect. Because she does so, her work adds a fresh dimension to the on-going discussion of domesticity and highlights how women's spiritual authority and women's marginality clashed in nineteenth-century evangelical America."— American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195139617
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2002
  • Series: Religion in America Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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University of the South
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Stirring and Strange: Autobiographies of Nineteenth-Century Female Itinerant Preachers 3
1 Breaking Up Housekeeping: Female Evangelists and Domestic Ideology 27
2 Feverish Restlessness and Mighty Movement: Female Evangelists in the Marketplace of Salvation 57
3 Nothing Succeeds Like Failure: Singularity and the Uses of Opposition 83
4 A Poetics of Itinerancy: Evangelical Women Writers and the Form of Autobiography 112
Afterword: The Call of the Preachers, the Cry of the Faithful: Evangelical Women Writers and the Search for an Interpretive Community 137
Notes 147
Bibliography 171
Index 195
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