Embodying the Victorian Age
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Muscular Christianity by Donald E. Hall
Book DescriptionMuscular Christianity was an important religious, literary and social movement of the mid-nineteenth century. This volume draws on recent developments in culture and gender theory to reveal ideological links between muscular Christianity and the work of novelists and essayists, including Kingsley, Emerson, Dickens, Hughes, MacDonald and Pater, and to explore the use of images of hyper-masculinized male bodies to represent social as well as physical ideals. Muscular Christianity argues that the ideologies of the movement were extreme versions of common cultural conceptions, and that anxieties evident in Muscular Christian texts, often manifested through images of the body as a site of socio-political conflict, were pervasive throughout society. Throughout, muscular Christianity is shown to be at the heart of issues of gender, class and national identity in the Victorian age.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521453189
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Muscular Christianity, Paperback (June 2006)
An extremist mid-Victorian religious philosophy influencing gender, class and national identity.
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