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

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Bucknell University Press, 1995 - Literary Criticism - 200 pages
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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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
 

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Contents

Introduction Reclaiming the Word
15
Florence Nightingales Revisionist Theology That Woman Will Be the Saviour of Her Race
30
Radical Protestantism versus Privileged Hermeneutics The Religion and Romance of Brontės Spirituality
64
To Stand with Christ against the World Gaskells Sentimental Social Agenda
93
The Hidden Heroism of Social Sympathy George Eliots Ethic of Humanity
117
Afterword Women Writers and the Victorian Spiritual Crisis
146
Notes
156
Bibliography
185
Index
193
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