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Religion and sexuality in American literature

Author: Ann-Janine Morey
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 57.
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Although sometimes religion and sexuality are treated as an aberrant theme in American literary and religious history, American writers from Nathaniel Hawthorne to John Updike have been fascinated with the connection between religious and sexual experience. Through the voice of American fiction, Religion and Sexuality in American Literature examines the relations of body and spirit (religion and sexuality) by asking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann-Janine Morey
ISBN: 0521416760 9780521416764
OCLC Number: 25026073
Description: x, 276 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Body Language: Religion, Sexuality, and the Bioluminescence of Metaphor. Religion and Sexuality. Body Language --
2. The Stubborn Density of Desire: Religion and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Fiction. Religion and Sexuality in Harold Frederic and William Dean Howells. Passion in Oliver Wendell Holmes, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Sound and Silence: The Dialectics of Passion --
3. A Tradition of Divine Lechery: Men Write about the Ministry. Aesthetic Liabilities. Peeping Parsons. Of Falls, Balls, and the Music of the Spheres: Women. Ecclesiastical Theater: Preaching as Performance --
4. A War of Words: Women Write about the Ministry. The Homiletic writers. Homiletic Fiction. A War of Words. The Thinking Heart. Seeking the Radiance in Vein of Iron --
5. Comfort to the Enemy: Women Write about the Ministry. The Parsonage Romance. Defining Romance and the Parsonage Novel. Falling in Love with the Compleat Clergyman. Mirror Image: The Dangerous Single Woman and the Unworthy Wife --
6. The Fox in the Well: Metaphors of Embodiment in the Androcentric Imagination. The Fox in the Well. Women. Water and Words. Elegy: From Water to Tears --
7. Fatal Abstractions: Metaphors of Embodiment in the Gynocentric Imagination. Flight. Water. Airborne Swimmer, Fish in Skywater --
8. Conclusion: Words Are Not the Thing Itself --
Appendix A: The Homiletic Novels and Their Authors --
Appendix B: The Parsonage Romances and Their Authors.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 57.
Responsibility: Ann-Janine Morey.
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Ann-Janine Morey examines novels dealing with the ministry as the medium wherein so many of the tensions of religion and sexuality are dramatised.  Read more...

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