Constance Maynard's Passions: Religion, Sexuality, and an by Pauline A. Phipps

By Pauline A. Phipps

Successful yet self-tormented, English academic pioneer Constance Maynard (1849–1935) was once a deeply spiritual evangelical Christian whose own atonement theology demanded that one withstand carnal emotions to accomplish own salvation. because the founding father of Westfield university on the college of London, Maynard championed women’s entry to a college schooling. because the college’s first crucial, she additionally engaged in a string of passionate relationships with university girls during which she imagined love as God’s present in addition to a try out of her faith.

Using Maynard’s broad own papers, specifically her diaries and autobiography, Pauline A. Phipps examines how the language of her religion provided Maynard the potential with which to carve out an self sustaining profession and to forge a different same-sex sexual self-consciousness in an period while middle-class ladies have been anticipated to be subservient to males and constrained to the house. Constance Maynard’s Passions is the attention-grabbing account of a lifestyles which confounds the standard different types of religion, gender, and sexuality.

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