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Some Wild VisionsAutobiographies by Female Itinerant Evangelists in Nineteenth-Century America$
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Elizabeth Elkin Grammer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195139617

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195139615.001.0001

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Stirring and Strange

(p.3) Introduction
Some Wild Visions

Elizabeth Elkin Grammer (Contributor Webpage)

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Living in the age of revivalism and evangelicalism, many women were awakened in nineteenth‐century America to the “healing balm” of Christ. Many women were also awakened to—and eventually accepted—the “cross” of becoming itinerant preachers in an age that called women to stay at home and assume their duties as wives, mothers, and domestic servants. Grammer opens Some Wild Visions by introducing—with brief biographical summaries—the female evangelists whose autobiographies are under consideration there, by situating their lives within the context of nineteenth‐century evangelicalism, and by considering the importance of race and gender as categories of analysis in the chapters that follow. She concludes by exploring the significance of itinerancy itself for these women writers: not only is itinerancy the literal subject of their autobiographies, it is also their richly meaningful and organizing metaphor of self.

Keywords:   revivalism, evangelicalism, nineteenth‐century America, female evangelists, women writers, autobiographies, metaphor of self, itinerancy, race, gender

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