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Escaped nuns : true womanhood and the campaign against convents in antebellum America

Author: Cassandra L Yacovazzi
Publisher: New York, NY, United States of America : Oxford University Press, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Just five weeks after its publication in January 1836, Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery, billed as an escaped nun's shocking exposé of convent life, had already sold more than 20,000 copies. The book detailed gothic-style horror stories of licentious priests and abusive mothers superior, tortured nuns and novices, and infanticide. By the time the book was revealed to be a fiction and the author, Maria  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Named Person: Maria Monk; Maria Monk
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Cassandra L Yacovazzi
ISBN: 9780190881016 0190881011 9780190881030 0190881038
OCLC Number: 1045426128
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Introduction: The American Campaign Against Convents --
1. An Escaped Nun: Maria Monk and Her Awful Disclosures --
2. Burning Babylon: The Attack Against Mount Benedict and the Birth of the Convent Narrative --
3. Uncle Tom and Sister Maria: Womanhood in the Antislavery and Anticonvent Campaigns --
4. Textbook Popery: Convent Schools, the Feminization of Teaching, and the Nation's Children --
5. Hidden Dangers: Convent Cellars, City Haunts, and the Rise of Dark-​Lantern Politics --
6. Awful Disclosures of Mormonism: Convents, Polygamy, and the Fear of Female Sexual Deviance --
7. The Nunnery Sleuths: Convent Investigations and the Massachusetts Know Nothing Party --
Epilogue-​Solving a Problem Like Maria: Imagining Sisters from Maria Monk to Nunsense.
Responsibility: Cassandra L. Yacovazzi.

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On the eve of the Civil War, Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu, a convent expose by a fraudulent "escaped nun" Maria Monk, captivated readers. The book served as a centerpiece for a larger campaign  Read more...

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