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Title:"A New Heaven and Earth": Feminism, Religion and the Politics of Identity in Britain, 1901-1918
Author(s):deVries, Jacqueline R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Michel, Sonya
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Religion, History of
Abstract:Employing a broad definition of what constitutes "religion," this study explores the interplay between religion and suffrage politics on the personal, communal and institutional levels. After an introductory chapter that maps out the current historiography on late nineteenth and early twentieth religious belief and practice, as well as on the British women's suffrage movement, Chapter Two analyzes the representations of religion in the personal narratives (both published and unpublished) of a selection of Protestant, Catholic and Jewish suffrage campaigners who represented a variety of class backgrounds. Chapter Three examines suffragist and suffragettes' appropriation of Christian imagery, Protestant terminology, and evangelical styles to frame their demands for the vote. Chapters Four and Five explore the denominational and theological frameworks shaping suffragist and suffragette political action through a close study of five religious suffrage leagues. These leagues were unique to Britain and represented the Anglican, Catholic, Free Church, Quaker and Jewish faiths. The final chapter examines the intersections of religion, gender identity and national culture within the context of World War I.
Issue Date:1997
Description:284 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9737090
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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