Essays in Honour of Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser
Edited By Simon Rosenberg and Sandra Simon
Juvenile Sunday Reading in Nineteenth-Century England
Sarah Ströer, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
This article discusses Sunday reading in Victorian England. Using autobiographies, the essay explores the influences of religious affiliation and personal religiousness on reading habits of children and adolescents. It shows that religion could be an encouraging as well as a constraining factor.
Reading in nineteenth-century England has been studied extensively in the past decades and issues of class and gender are usually the focal points. This essay examines the interaction between religious denomination and degree of religiousness and reading, focusing on juvenile reading on Sundays. Religious affiliation and religiousness have always influenced reading choices and habits and continue to do so. For the nineteenth century this is especially true as society was infused with religion to a large extent. Questions of religiousness, denominational affiliation or leading a religious life were widely discussed. As this essay will show, reading served as a way to reinforce religious identities, it served as a means to religious socialization and was a devotional practice in itself.
There is a plethora of definitions of religion, some focus on the sociological functions of religion; others, for example, are substantial definitions, trying to capture the essence of what religion is.1 This essay focuses on individual religiousness as it shows itself in the actions of the people.2 With Detlef Pollack’s four ideal types of religiousness3 it is possible to define not just what religious means, but also what it does not...
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