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Women and Belief, 1852–1928, Edited by Jessica Cox, Mark Llewellyn, and Nadine Muller

Over recent years, research into religious belief during the Victorian period and the early twentieth century has grown in diversity and importance. The centrality of faith-based discourses to women of the period has long been recognized by scholars in the field, but until now relatively little significance has been attached to the fundamental relationship between women’s faith and women’s rights.

Women and Belief, 1852–1928 - a new six-Volume collection forming part of the History of Feminism series - remedies this omission, exploring a wide range of opinions about women, their self-identity, and the combination of their spiritual and political beliefs.
 

Addressing the most debated aspects of women’s religious, social, cultural, and political rights, Women and Belief, 1852–1928, adopts an historical overview of the period and provides an authoritative representation of the wide body of literature written by and about women’s faith. Beginning with an example of how religious discourse provided a model for acceptable female behavior and a satirical take on women’s rights and spiritualism and ending with an economist’s psychoanalytic study of female belief from 1928, the collection provides a unique collection of different viewpoints.

Bringing together the work of women writers, theologians, philosophers, and economic and cultural historians the collection illustrates the multiplicity of voices and opinions on the issues of suffrage and religious faith. This diversity is equally reflected in the broad geographical coverage of the collection which draws on works from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and India; and moves beyond the Christian into the spheres of theosophy, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Judaism. The gathered materials include works of non-fiction, poetry, analytical works, satires, pamphlets, sermons, spiritual (auto)biography, and periodical articles, which chart the gradual evolution of feminist thinking about belief, spirituality, and faith that directly fed into the emerging discourses of political and social rights for women.

To read more about this publication, or to order a copy: www.routledge.com/9780415472180

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