Bodies of Life: Shaker Literature and Literacies (Contributions to the Study of Religion #52) (Hardcover)

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The Shakers' spiritual literacies, defined through an examination of their reading and writing practices, blur boundaries between traditionally masculine and feminine realms by using reason and emotion and by being innovative as well as traditional. This exploration of the relationship between literary practices and religious life in the 19th century, of such genres as autobiographies, elegies, histories, and doctrinal works, provides new insights into the many ways in which literacy enriches people's lives.

This volume will appeal not only to the growing body of Shaker scholars, but also to researchers interested in American literature and culture, literacy, religious history, and gender studies.

About the Author

ETTA M. MADDEN is Assistant Professor of English at Southwest Missouri State University. She teaches courses in early American literature, from the age of European exploration to the Civil War, as well as courses on autobiographies, essays, and other prose nonfiction. Her interest in literature and culture has centered on religious writing and is beginning to encompass the literature of science.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780313303036
ISBN-10: 0313303037
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: April 30th, 1998
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Contributions to the Study of Religion


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