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1st Edition

Women in Christianity in the Age of Empire

Edited By

Janet Wootton

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ISBN 9780367343910
March 8, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
372 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Women in Christianity in the Age of Empire (1800-1920) offers a broad view of the nineteenth century as a time of dramatic change, particularly for women, critiqued in the light of post-colonial theory. This edited volume includes important contributions from academics in the field.

Overarching themes include the cult of domesticity, the changing impact of Christianity on views of women’s nature in an age of scientific thinking, conflation of ‘gospel’ and ‘civilisation’ in global mission, and the exclusion of women from public spheres of life. We meet powerful saints, campaigners, and thinkers, who bring about genuine transformation in the lives of women, and in society. But we also recognise the long shadow of Empire in the world of the twenty-first century, critiquing Colonialism and Empire, and views that restricted women’s lives.

This engaging volume will be of key interest to students and scholars in Religion and Cultural Studies. Exploring the complexities of the nineteenth century it draws on a range of scholarship, including TV documentaries, film, online and more traditional academic resources.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

List of contributors


Janet Wootton

Introduction: Women and Christianity in the Age of Empire (1800-1920)

Janet Wootton

Chapter 1: Theological Approaches to Women in the Age of Empire

Julie Melnyk

Chapter 2: The Virgin Mary

Carol Engelhardt Herringer

Chapter 3: Female Saints: Industry, Image, Inspiration

Cynthia Aalders

Chapter 4: Women, Religion, Science and Technology in the Age of Empire, ca 1780 -1920

Jacqueline R. deVries


Chapter 5: Education

Angharad Eyre

Chapter 6: Philosophical Beliefs: Global Voices

Christianisation of Female Initiation Rites by the London Missionary Society: The Case of Northern Rhodesia, 1883-1920

Jonathan Kangwa

‘Female Fathers’ and ‘Male Mothers’: Overlooked Non-binary Gender References in Southern Africa

Kuzipa Nalwamba

Korean Women under the Impact of Imperialism

Seon Yi Lee

Korean American Women and the Church: Identity, Spirituality, and Gender Roles

Grace Ji-Sun Kim

Chapter 7: Popular Beliefs: Global Voices

Missionary Women and Chinese Marriage

Tamara Cooper

Revisionist Footbinding in China: Cultural Encounters between Women Missionaries and Chinese Women

Wong Christina Wai-Yin

A Brief Her-story of Women in Christianity in Modern Taiwan (nineteenth-early twentieth Century)

Chiu Kai-Li

Minnie Mackay: Taiwan’s hidden Treasure

Louise Gamble

The developing role of women missionaries: a case study on Eleanor Pegg (née Sell; 1871-1954)

Peggy Jackson and Janet Wootton, based on research by Eleanor’s granddaughter, Peggy Jackson

Chapter 8: Popular Images: Representations of Christian Women: Designs on Domesticity and Constructions amid Conflict

Jill Peterfeso



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Janet Wootton is a retired Congregational Minister and former Director of Studies for the Congregational Federation.