Without Benefit of Clergy

Without Benefit of Clergy

by K. GEDGE
     
 

The common view of the nineteenth-century pastoral relationship—found in both contemporary popular accounts and 20th-century scholarship—was that women and clergymen formed a natural alliance and enjoyed a particular influence over each other. In Without Benefit of Clergy, Karin Gedge tests this thesis by examining the pastoral relationship from the

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The common view of the nineteenth-century pastoral relationship—found in both contemporary popular accounts and 20th-century scholarship—was that women and clergymen formed a natural alliance and enjoyed a particular influence over each other. In Without Benefit of Clergy, Karin Gedge tests this thesis by examining the pastoral relationship from the perspective of the minister, the female parishioner, and the larger culture. The question that troubled religious women seeking counsel, says Gedge, was: would their minister respect them, help them, honor them? Surprisingly, she finds, the answer was frequently negative. Gedge supports her conclusion with evidence from a wide range of previously untapped primary sources including pastoral manuals, seminary students' and pastors' journals, women's diaries and letters, pamphlets, sentimental and sensational novels, and The Scarlet Letter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195130201
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2003
Series:
Religion in America Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
1440L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dim Views of the Pastoral Relationship3
1The Bellwether; or, What the Traveler Saw11
2Gone Astray; or, What the Public Feared23
3Mending Fences; or, What the Public Saw49
4Paradoxical Pastors; or, What the Novelist Imagined77
5Forbidden and Forgotten Territory; or, Where the Pastor Feared to Tread111
6The Unsteady Shepherd; or, What the Pastor Experienced141
7Sheep without a Shepherd; or, What Women Experienced163
Epilogue: Separating the Ewes from the Rams; or, Seeing through a New Lens197
AppHistoriographical Essay: Counting Sheep; or, What the Historian Did209
Notes221
Selected Bibliography261
Index285

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