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

Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez


Nineteenth-century America was rife with Protestant-fueled anti-Catholicism. This book 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, the book 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. A range of diverse sources, inclu ... More

Keywords: Anti-Catholicism, Christian womanhood, domesticity, lived religion, Marian imagery, Nineteenth-century, Queen of Heaven, Virgin Mary, visual culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469627410
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627410.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Hayes Alvarez, author