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Victorians and the Virgin Mary: Religion and Gender in England 1830 - 1885

Carol Engelhardt Herringer


This interdisciplinary study of competing representations of the Virgin Mary examines how anxieties about religious and gender identities intersected to create public controversies that, whilst ostensibly about theology and liturgy, were also attempts to define the role and nature of women. Drawing on a variety of sources, this book seeks to revise understanding of the Victorian religious landscape, both retrieving Catholics from the cultural margins to which they are usually relegated, and calling for a reassessment of the Protestant attitude to the feminine ideal.

Keywords: Virgin Mary, Victorian religious landscape, Catholics, cultural margins, Protestant, feminine ideal, interdisciplinary study, competing representations, religious identities, gender identities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719077531
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077531.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Engelhardt Herringer, author