The Puritan Origins of American Sex: Religion, Sexuality, and National Identity in American Literature

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  • Copyright: 2000-11-17
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Covering all new ground in the scholarship of religion and sexuality, the contributors address the Puritan and Protestant roots of American sexual identity and culture. Offering both historical and interdisciplinary breadth, the volume charts the influence of Protestantism on the shaping of the American character from Cotton Mather to Kenneth Starr. From witch trials to pickaxe murderers, from brothels to convents, and from slavery to Toni Morrison'sParadise,these essays provide fascinating and provocative insights into our sexual and religious conventions and beliefs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Foreword ix
Emory Elliott
Introduction: The Puritan Origins of American Sex
Tracy Fessenden
Nicholas F. Radel
Magdalena J. Zaborowska
Wigglesworth, Mather, Starr: Witch-Hunts and General Wickedness in Public
Ed Ingebretsen
A Sodom Within: Historicizing Puritan Homoerotics in the Diary of Michael Wigglesworth
Nicholas F. Radel
``Remember Me'': The Wonders of an Invisible World---Sex, Patriarchy, and Paranoia in Early America
Boris Vejdovsky
Uncleanliness Is Next to Godliness: Sexuality, Salvation, and the Early American Woman's Execution Narrative
Jodi Schorb
The Puritan Eyeball, or, Sexing the Transcendent
Renee L. Bergland
Ejaculating Tongues: Poe, Mather, and the Jewish Penis
Gustavus Stadler
Now You Shall See How a Slave Was Made a Man: Gendering Frederick Douglass's Struggles with Christianity
Darryl Dickson-Carr
Enslaving Passions: White Male Sexuality and the Evasion of Race
Russ Castronovo
The Other Woman's Sphere: Nuns, Prostitutes, and the Medicalization of Middle-Class Domesticity
Tracy Fessenden
Christian Maidens and Heathen Monks: Oratorical Seduction at the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions
Carrie Tirado Bramen
Americanization of a ``Queer Fellow'': Performing Jewishness and Sexuality in Abraham Cahan's The Rise of David Levinsky, with a Footnote on the (Monica) Lewinsky'ed Nation
Magdalena J. Zaborowska
Desert of the Heart: Jane Rule's Puritan Outing
Margaret Soenser Breen
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry Gardner
Robert A. Morace
``Down Here in Paradise'': Toni Morrison's Americas
Judith Wilt
Notes on Contributors 293(4)
Index 297

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