OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

No Silent Witness: Three Generations of Unitarian Wives and Daughters

ISBN : 9780195390209

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¥5,533
著者: 
Cynthia Tucker
ページ
360 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
163 x 236 mm
刊行日
2010年07月
シリーズ
Religion in America
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This group biography follows three generations of ministers' daughters and wives in a famed American Unitarian family. Shifting the focus from pulpit to parsonage, and from sermon to whispered secrets, Cynthia Tucker humanizes the Eliots and their religious tradition and lifts up a largely neglected female vocation. Spanning 150 years from the early 19th century forward, the narrative shapes itself into a series of stories. Each of six chapters takes up a different woman's defining experience, from the deaths of numerous children and the anguish of infertility to the suffocation of small parish life with its chronic loneliness, doubt, and resentment. One woman confides in a rare close friend, another in the anonymous readers of magazines that publish her poems. A third escapes from an ill-fitting role by succumbing to neurasthenia, leaving one debilitating condition for another. The matriarch's granddaughters script larger lives, bypassing marriage and churchly employment to follow their hearts into same-sex relationships, and major careers in public health and preschool education. In two concluding chapters, Tucker enlarges the frame to bring in the regular parish women who collectively give voice to issues the ministers' kin must keep to themselves. All of the stories are linked by the women's continuing battles to make themselves heard over clerical wisdom that contradicts their reality.

目次: 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
MAJOR EVENTS
CHART OF THE ELIOT FOREBEARS
1. The Unitarian Universe
2. Calling the Family Together
3. The Rush of Words
4. Where Words Fail
5. The Voice Coach
6. Reduced to a Whisper
7. Talking Back and Taking Flight
8. A Larger Sphere
9. New Rules of Engagement
10. Old Work and New
11. No Parting Word
THE FAMILY ROSTER
ABBREVIATIONS
NOTES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX

著者について: 

Professor of English, University of Memphis, Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Unitarian Universalist History

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