The Valiant Woman by Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez audiobook

The Valiant Woman: The Virgin Mary in Nineteenth-Century American Culture

By Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez
Read by Tamara Marston

Blackstone Publishing 9781124867397

Unabridged

Format: Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781504685924

  • ISBN: 9781504685900

  • ISBN: 9781504685917

Runtime: 9.37 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Nineteenth-century America was rife with Protestant-fueled anti-Catholicism. Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez reveals how Protestants nevertheless became surprisingly and deeply fascinated with the Virgin Mary, even as her role as a devotional figure who united Catholics grew. Documenting the vivid Marian imagery that suffused popular visual and literary culture, Alvarez argues that Mary became a potent, shared exemplar of Christian womanhood around which Christians of all stripes rallied during an era filled with anxiety about the emerging market economy and shifting gender roles.

From a range of diverse sources, including the writings of Anna Jameson, Anna Dorsey, and Alexander Stewart Walsh and magazines such as the Ladies’ Repository and Harper’s, Alvarez demonstrates that Mary was represented as pure and powerful, compassionate and transcendent, maternal and yet remote. Blending romantic views of motherhood and female purity, the virgin mother’s image enamored Protestants as a paragon of the era’s cult of true womanhood, and even many Catholics could imagine the Queen of Heaven as the Queen of the Home. Sometimes, Marian imagery unexpectedly seemed to challenge domestic expectations of womanhood. On a broader level, The Valiant Woman contributes to understanding lived religion in America and the ways it borrows across supposedly sharp theological divides.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

The Valiant Woman makes a significant contribution to important areas of recent religious research, including gender, Marianism, popular culture, and Catholic-Protestant interaction. Alvarez shows how both Protestants and Catholics invested in Mary, creating and appropriating her formidable cultural capital for common and divergent interests.” Julie Byrne, author of O God of Players

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Author

Author Bio: Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez

Author Bio: Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez

Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez is an assistant professor in the Department of Religion and the Intellectual Heritage Program at Temple University. She received her PhD in history of Christianity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her research and teaching interests include religion and gender, American religious history, and popular cultural studies.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 9.37
Audience: Adult
Language: English