Victorians and the Virgin Mary

Religion and gender in England, 1830-85

By Carol Engelhardt-Herringer

Victorians and the Virgin Mary
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  • ISBN: 9780719095641
  • Publish Date: May 2014
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • ISBN: 9781847797155
  • Publish Date: Jul 2013
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    • Format: eBook
    • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9715-5
    • Published Date: July 2013
    • Series: Gender in History


    This interdisciplinary study of competing representations of the Virgin Mary examines how anxieties about religious and gender identities intersected to create public controversies that, whilst ostensibly about theology and liturgy, were also attempts to define the role and nature of women. Drawing on a variety of sources, this book seeks to revise our understanding of the Victorian religious landscape, both retrieving Catholics from the cultural margins to which they are usually relegated, and calling for a reassessment of the Protestant attitude to the feminine ideal.

    This book will be useful to advanced students and scholars in a variety of disciplines including history, religious studies, Victorian studies, women's history and gender studies.


    1. Religion, gender, and the Virgin Mary
    2. The Catholic Virgin Mary
    3. The Protestant Virgin Mary
    4. Sex, sin, and salvation: the debate over the Immaculate Conception
    5. The Virgin Mary and the formation of Victorian masculinities


    Carol Engelhardt Herringer is Associate Professor of History at Wright State University

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