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New England Women Writers, Secularity, and the Federalist Politics of Church and State

Gretchen Murphy

Abstract

Drawing on novels, poetry, correspondence, religious publications, and legal writing, this book offers a new account of women’s political participation in the process of religious disestablishment. Scholars have long known that eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American women wrote pious, sentimental stories, but this book uses biographical and archival methods to understand their religious concerns as entry points into the era’s debates about democratic conditions of possibility and the role of religion in a republic. Beginning with the early republic’s constitutional and electoral debates a ... More

Keywords: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Catharine Sedgwick, Lydia Huntley Sigourney, Judith Sargent Murray, American women writers, religion, secularity, Federalism, postsecular, disestablishment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198864950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198864950.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gretchen Murphy, author
Thamen Professor of English, The University of Texas at Austin