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Sex, Gender, and Religion

Josephine Butler Revisited


Jenny Daggers and Diana Neal

Sex, Gender, and Religion: Josephine Butler Revisited will appeal to readers interested in women’s subjectivity and agency. Josephine Butler (1828-1906) spearheaded campaigns against state regulation of prostitution. A gifted platform speaker, she enthused a variety of British and European audiences, and wrote abundantly about her cause. Contributors revisit Butler after the end of the twentieth century, where she has been fêted, forgotten, and then rediscovered as reformer, mystic, and feminist. Firmly locating Butler within her context, this book breaks new ground by focusing on the role of religion in her life and work, as well as on Butler as (auto)biographer, writing her own self as she writes her campaign.
Contents: Jenny Daggers/Diana Neal: Introduction – Jane Jordan: «Trophies of the Saviour»: Josephine Butler’s Biographical Sketches of Prostitutes – Helen Mathers: «‘Tis Dishonour Done to Me»: Self-Representation in the Writings of Josephine Butler – Susan Mumm: Josephine Butler and the International Traffic in Women – Annemieke van Drenth: Holy Beliefs and Caring Power: Josephine Butler’s Influence on Abolitionism and the Women’s Movement in the Netherlands (1850-1920) – Jenny Daggers: Josephine Butler and Christian Women’s Identity – Lisa Nolland: Josephine Butler and the Historian: Critic and Friend – Pat Starkey: Saints, Virgins and Family Members: Exemplary Biographies? Josephine Butler as Biographer – Diana Neal: Josephine Butler: Flirting with the Catholic Other.