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Michele Lise Tarter and Catie Gill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198814221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198814221.001.0001

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‘The Impudent Fellow Came in Swareing’

‘The Impudent Fellow Came in Swareing’

Constructing and Defending Quaker Community in Elizabeth Drinker’s Diary

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New Critical Studies on Early Quaker Women, 1650-1800

Desirée Henderson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the almost fifty-year-long diary written by Elizabeth Drinker, a Quaker woman residing in Philadelphia at the end of the eighteenth century. It argues that Drinker employed her diary as a tool to define the boundaries of her community, which included her immediate family and surrounding Quaker society. The focus of the chapter is on two moments in which Drinker represents and responds to the intrusion of a male stranger into her home and family, and the threats they present to the female members of her community, in order to explore her gendered understanding of belonging. Through the diaristic devices of naming and relational terminology, and by documenting space, movement, and social interaction, Drinker writes her community into being and grants herself the rhetorical authority to keep it safe.

Keywords:   diary, autobiography, manuscript culture, Quakerism, Revolutionary War

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