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 face up to 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 school schooling. because the college’s first relevant, she additionally engaged in a string of passionate relationships with collage ladies within which she imagined love as God’s present in addition to a attempt of her faith.
Using Maynard’s wide own papers, specifically her diaries and autobiography, Pauline A. Phipps examines how the language of her religion provided Maynard the capacity with which to carve out an self sufficient profession and to forge a unique same-sex sexual self-consciousness in an period whilst middle-class girls have been anticipated to be subservient to males and limited to the house. Constance Maynard’s Passions is the interesting account of a existence which confounds the standard different types of religion, gender, and sexuality.
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