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The Resource Victorian women writers, radical grandmothers, and the gendering of God, Gail Turley Houston

Victorian women writers, radical grandmothers, and the gendering of God, Gail Turley Houston

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Victorian women writers, radical grandmothers, and the gendering of God
Title
Victorian women writers, radical grandmothers, and the gendering of God
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Gail Turley Houston
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Language
eng
Summary
"If Victorian women writers yearned for authorial forebears, or, in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's words, for "grandmothers," there were, Gail Turley Houston argues, grandmothers who in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries envisioned powerful female divinities that would reconfigure society. Like many Victorian women writers, they experienced a sense of what Barrett Browning termed "mother-want" inextricably connected to "mother-god-want." These millenarian and socialist feminist grandmothers believed the time had come for women to initiate the earthly paradise that patriarchal institutions had failed to establish. Recuperating a symbolic divine in the form of the Great Mother--a pagan Virgin Mary, a female messiah, and a titanic Eve--Joanna Southcott, Eliza Sharples, Frances Wright, and others set the stage for Victorian women writers to envision and impart emanations of puissant Christian and pagan goddesses, enabling them to acquire the authorial legitimacy patriarchal culture denied them. Though the Victorian authors studied by Houston--Barrett Browning, Charlotte Brontë, Florence Nightingale, Anna Jameson, and George Eliot--often masked progressive rhetoric, even in some cases seeming to reject these foremothers, their radical genealogy reappeared in mystic, metaphysical revisions of divinity that insisted that deity be understood, at least in part, as substantively female."--Publisher's description
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OU/DLC
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1950-
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Houston, Gail Turley
Index
index present
LC call number
PR115
LC item number
.H68 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Literature, religion, and postsecular studies
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  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Women authors, English
  • Religion and literature
  • Religion in literature
  • Goddess religion in literature
  • Brontë, Charlotte
  • Jameson
  • Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
  • Nightingale, Florence
  • Eliot, George
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Victorian women writers, radical grandmothers, and the gendering of God, Gail Turley Houston
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-170) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : antecedents of the Victorian "goddess story" -- "Gods of the old mythology arise" : Charlotte Brontë's vision of the "goddess story" -- Feminist reincarnations of the Madonna : Anna Jameson and ecclesiastical debates on the immaculate conception -- Invoking "all the godheads" : Elizabeth Barrett Browning's polytheistic aesthetic -- Eve, the female messiah, and the Virgin in Florence Nightingale's personal and public papers -- Ariadne and the Madonna : the hermeneutics of the goddess in George Eliot's Romola
Control code
ocn810039752
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 181 pages
Isbn
9780814212103
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012032539
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022472262
System control number
(OCoLC)810039752
Label
Victorian women writers, radical grandmothers, and the gendering of God, Gail Turley Houston
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 145-170) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : antecedents of the Victorian "goddess story" -- "Gods of the old mythology arise" : Charlotte Brontë's vision of the "goddess story" -- Feminist reincarnations of the Madonna : Anna Jameson and ecclesiastical debates on the immaculate conception -- Invoking "all the godheads" : Elizabeth Barrett Browning's polytheistic aesthetic -- Eve, the female messiah, and the Virgin in Florence Nightingale's personal and public papers -- Ariadne and the Madonna : the hermeneutics of the goddess in George Eliot's Romola
Control code
ocn810039752
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 181 pages
Isbn
9780814212103
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012032539
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40022472262
System control number
(OCoLC)810039752

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