Nineteenth-century American women’s culture was immersed in religious experience and female authors of the era employed representations of faith to various cultural ends. Focusing primarily on non-canonical texts, this collection explores the diversity of religious discourse in nineteenth-century women’s literature. The contributors examine fiction, political writings, poetry, and memoirs by professional authors, social activists, and women of faith, including Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Angelina and Sarah Grimké, Louisa May Alcott, Rebecca Harding Davis, Harriet E. Wilson, Sarah Piatt, Julia Ward Howe, Julia A. J. Foote, Lucy Mack Smith, Rebecca Cox Jackson, and Fanny Newell. Embracing the complexities of lived religion in women’s culture-both its repressive and its revolutionary potential-Nineteenth-Century American Women Write Religion articulates how American women writers adopted the language of religious sentiment for their own cultural, political, or spiritual ends.
'…makes a welcome contribution to the growing scholarly interest in women’s religious attitudes and experiences in nineteenth-century America.' Nan Goodman, University of Colorado, Boulder 'This is a series of carefully thought out essays exploring women's personal spiritual authority and involvement in "religious conversations." … Readers researching women's history and spirituality, American studies and religious studies will be interested. Footnotes, bibliography and index provided.' Magistra