The Resource Imagining Methodism in eighteenth-century Britain : enthusiasm, belief, and the borders of the self, Misty G. Anderson

Imagining Methodism in eighteenth-century Britain : enthusiasm, belief, and the borders of the self, Misty G. Anderson

Label
Imagining Methodism in eighteenth-century Britain : enthusiasm, belief, and the borders of the self
Title
Imagining Methodism in eighteenth-century Britain
Title remainder
enthusiasm, belief, and the borders of the self
Statement of responsibility
Misty G. Anderson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the eighteenth century, British Methodism was an object of both derision and desire. Many popular eighteenth-century works ridiculed Methodists, yet often the very same plays, novels, and prints that cast Methodists as primitive, irrational, or deluded also betray a thinly cloaked fascination with the experiences of divine presence attributed to the new evangelical movement. Misty G. Anderson argues that writers, actors, and artists used Methodism as a concept to interrogate the boundaries of the self and the fluid relationships between the religious and the literary, between reason and enthusiasm, and between theater and belief. Imagining Methodism situates the writing of Henry Fielding, John Cleland, Samuel Foote, Horace Walpole, Tobias Smollett, and others alongside works by John Wesley, Charles Wesley, and George Whitefield in order to understand how Methodism's brand of "experimental religion" was both born of the modern world and perceived as a threat to it. Anderson's analysis of reactions to Methodism exposes a complicated interlocking picture of the religious and the secular, terms less transparent than they seem in current critical usage. Her argument is not about the lives of eighteenth-century Methodists; rather, it is about Methodism as it was imagined in the work of eighteenth-century British writers and artists, where it served as a sign of sexual, cognitive, and social danger. By situating satiric images of Methodists in their popular contexts, she recaptures a vigorous cultural debate over the domains of religion and literature in the modern British imagination. Rich in cultural, literary, and theological analysis, Anderson's argument will be of interest to students and scholars of the eighteenth century, religious studies, theater, and the history of gender."--Project Muse
Cataloging source
SFB
Dewey number
820.9/38287
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.R45
LC item number
A53 2012eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Imagining Methodism in eighteenth-century Britain : enthusiasm, belief, and the borders of the self, Misty G. Anderson
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Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Historicizing methodism -- The new man -- Words made flesh: Fanny Hill and the language of passion -- Actors and ghosts: Methodism in the theater of the real -- "'My Lord, my love:' the performance of public intimacy and the Methodist hymn -- A usable past: reconciliation in Humphry Clinker and the spiritual Quixote
Control code
ocn793012731
Extent
1 online resource (288 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421405285
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b34240287
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)793012731
  • pebcs1421405288

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