Muscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian Age by Donald E. HallMuscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian Age by Donald E. Hall

Muscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian Age

EditorDonald E. Hall

Paperback | June 22, 2006

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Muscular Christianity was an important religious, literary, and social movement of the mid-nineteenth century. This volume draws on recent developments in cultural and gender theory to reveal close links between the ideology of the movement and the work of novelists and essayists, including Kingsley, Emerson, Dickens and Pater. Throughout this book, which also contributes to the critical debate on the body as a site for socio-political conflict, Muscular Christianity is shown to be at the heart of issues of gender, class, and national identity in the Victorian age.
Title:Muscular Christianity: Embodying the Victorian AgeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:June 22, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521027071

ISBN - 13:9780521027076


Table of Contents

List of contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction: muscular Christianity: reading and writing the male social body Donald E. Hall; Part I. Foundations of Muscular Christianity: 1. The volcano and the cathedral: muscular Christianity and the origins of primal manliness David Rosen; 2. On the making and unmaking of monsters: Christian socialism, muscular Christianity, and the metaphorization of class conflict Donald E. Hall; 3. Christian manliness and national identity: the problematic construction of a racially 'pure' nation C. J. W.-L. Wee; Part II: Varieties of Muscular Christianity: 4. Charles Kingsley's scientific treatment of gender Laura Fasick; 5. Young England: muscular Christianity and the politics of the body in Tom Brown's Schooldays Dennis W. Allen; 6. Muscular spirituality in George MacDonald's Curdie Books John Pennington; 7. 'Degenerate effeminacy' and the making of a masculine spirituality in the sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson Susan L. Roberson; Part III. Responses to Muscular Christianity: 8. The confidence man: empire and the deconstruction of muscular Christianity in The Mystery of Edwin Drood David Faulkner; 9. The re-subjection of 'Lucas Malet': Charles Kingsley's daughter and the response to muscular Christianity Patricia Srebrnik; 10. Pater's muscular aestheticism James Eli Adams; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Although as multivalent as the movement they address, these essays cohere very well...rendering the collection here much greater than the sum of its parts." Kathyrn Murphy Anderson, College Literature