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Madam Britannia [electronic resource] : women, church, and nation, 1712-1812 /
Emma Major.
Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
xii, 371 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
0199699372 (acid-free paper), 9780199699377 (acid-free paper)
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Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
0199699372 (acid-free paper)
9780199699377 (acid-free paper)
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-360) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Emma Major is Lecturer at the Department of English and Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York.
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Exceptional scholarship ... Major's strength lies in her nearly exhaustive cataloguing of relevant media ... I will take a moment to celebrate this book as a superb example of a cultural studies approach
This exhaustively researched and heavily annotated study ... goes beyond its precursors and into fascinating new territory ... This is an important book for academics
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Long Description
Madam Britannia: Women, Church, and Nation, 1712-1812 explores the complex and fascinating relationship between women, Protestantism, and nationhood. Opening with a history of Britannia, this book argues that Britannia becomes increasingly popular as a national emblem from 1688 onwards. Over the eighteenth century, depictions of Britannia become exemplary as well as emblematic, her behaviour to be imitated as well as admired. Britannia takes life during the eighteenthcentury, stepping out of iconic representation on coins, out of the pages of James Thomson's poetry, down from the stage of David Mallett's plays, the frames of Francis Hayman and William Hogarth's paintings, and John Flaxman's monuments to enter people's lives as an identity to be experienced.One of the key strands explored in this book is Britannia's relationship to female personifications of the Church of England, which themselves often drew on key Protestant Queens such as Elizabeth I and Anne. But during the eighteenth century, Britannia also gained cultural status by being a female figure of nationhood at a time when Enlightenment historians developed conjectural histories which placed women at the centre of civilisation. Women's religion, conversation, and social practice thushad a new resonance in this new, self-consciously civilised age. In this book, Emma Major looks at how narratives of faith, national identity, and civilisation allowed women such as Elizabeth Burnet, Elizabeth Montagu, Catherine Talbot, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, and HannahMore to see themselves as active agents in the shaping of the nation.
Main Description
Using Britannia as a central figure, this book explores the neglected relationship between women, church, and nation. It argues that Britannia became established as an emblem of nation from 1688 and gained in importance over the following century. It draws on an exciting range of material to explore the extent and significance of women's involvement in debates about the new British nation and the Church of England. Discussing a wide range of printed sources,including letters, poetry, novels, plays, journals, sermons, devotional literature, political tracts, and travel writing, it also uses manuscript sources and frontspieces, paintings, drawings, and graphic satire to bring to life debates about identity, faith, and nation. Writers discussed include Elizabeth Burnet, Elizabeth Carter, Catherine Talbot, Samuel Richardson, Thomas Amory, Samuel Foote, Elizabeth Montagu, Hester Lynch Thrale Piozzi, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Hannah More, along withimages byWilliam Hogarth, John Flaxman, Francis Hayman, James Gillray, and the Cruikshanks.
Table of Contents
List of Figuresp. ix
Epigraphp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Two Elizabethsp. 10
Madam Britanniap. 17
The History of Madam Britanniap. 23
Britannia Speaksp. 23
The Church of Englandp. 30
The Church of England's Loving Son: John Bullp. 34
Elizabeth Ip. 38
Poly-Olbion, Albion, and the Birth of Britanniap. 47
A 'Festival to the Glory of Britanniap. 54
Flaxman's Britannia: 'the Noblest Monument of National Glory in the World'p. 60
Performing Madam Britannia and the Blessing of Examplep. 69
Elizabeth Montagu: Performing Madam Britanniap. 72
Queen Elizabeth's Walkp. 75
Bluestockingsp. 80
'I look upon her life as a public concern': Catherine Talbotp. 84
Talbot, Richardson, and Journalsp. 91
Protestant Nunneries, Polygamy, and Christian Heroesp. 97
The Uses of Female Communitiesp. 99
'Britannia her Clarissa's name shall boast'p. 100
'Sir Charles Grandison [...] A Man of Religion and Virtue'p. 102
The 'national good': Polygamy and Protestant Nunneriesp. 109
John Buncle, a 'Unitarian romance'p. 117
The Church of England, Methodism, and 'the province of public virtue'p. 125
Cleora and the Province of Public Virtuep. 126
Methodism: Public and Privatep. 130
Methodism and Public Bodiesp. 135
Methodist Womenp. 142
Mrs Cole and the Flies of Faithp. 145
The 'Patriarchess of the Methodists': Selina, Countess of Huntingonp. 148
Anglican Women: Millenium Hall and A Devout and Holy Lifep. 152
'Of Christian Men's Goods, Which Are Not Common'p. 156
A Patriotic Millennium: Faith and Carpetsp. 161
The Politics of Paradise: Insurrection, Sunday Schools, and Elizabeth Vesey's Dragonp. 166
Dreams of Nation: Sabbatarianism and the Gordon Riotsp. 170
The Bluestocking Millenniump. 183
'Christianity [...] gives the best lesson of politeness'p. 188
'Hail! Conversation, soothing power/Sweet goddess of the social hour!'p. 192
'A free Government & Religion rational & pure': Two Versions of Nationp. 200
'Piety and Patriotism': Keeping the Golden Meanp. 203
Country, Town, and the Golden Meanp. 212
Barbauld's Nation: Separation and Denominationp. 215
The Contrast I: Serpents, Rocks, and the Gates of Hellp. 232
'Nations Apostates to their God & Despisers of the Law'p. 238
The Book of Common Prayerp. 247
The Rock of Religion and the Gates of Hellp. 251
The Contrastp. 253
Serpents, Seduction, and Revolutionary Knowledgep. 255
The 'glory of the Poissardes'p. 260
Prophecies and Sermonsp. 264
The Contrast II: Bruising the Serpent's Head, the Little Sister, and Christian Professionsp. 271
Christian Examples: 'Daughters of Britain'p. 272
'True Religion': Sarah Baberp. 278
Female Example: 'The Hope and Expectation of the Time'p. 280
More and Dianap. 286
Bruising the Serpent's Headp. 289
Anna and the Little Sisterp. 292
'Religion stands on tip-toe in our land'p. 297
Public Professionsp. 299
Epilogue: 'Is good to come of it?': Britannia, the Clergywoman, and Libertyp. 304
Britannia, Mourning, and Prophecyp. 305
The Clergywomanp. 311
Britannia's Radical Daughtersp. 314
List of Abbreviationsp. 316
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 361
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