Devotions and Desires
Histories of Sexuality and Religion in the Twentieth-Century United States
Edited by Gillian A. Frank, Bethany Moreton, Heather R. White
320 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 6 halftones, notes, index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3626-9
Published: March 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-3625-2
Published: March 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3627-6
Published: February 2018
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The volume, framed by a provocative introduction by Gillian Frank, Bethany Moreton, and Heather R. White and a compelling afterword by John D’Emilio, features essays by Rebecca T. Alpert and Jacob J. Staub, Rebecca L. Davis, Lynne Gerber, Andrea R. Jain, Kathi Kern, Rachel Kranson, James P. McCartin, Samira K. Mehta, Daniel Rivers, Whitney Strub, Aiko Takeuchi-Demirci, Judith Weisenfeld, and Neil J. Young.
About the Authors
Gillian Frank is visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University.
For more information about Gillian A. Frank, visit the Author Page.
Bethany Moreton is professor of history at Dartmouth College.
For more information about Bethany Moreton, visit the Author Page.
Heather R. White is visiting assistant professor in religion and queer studies at the University of Puget Sound.
For more information about Heather R. White, visit the Author Page.
“Provides a landmark moment in the historiography of religion and sexuality. The richness of these essays brings much needed contour to emerging conversations about religion and sexuality and helps to define these conversations as part of a critical new subfield in US history and American religious history. The study of religion and sexuality is no longer a niche topic, but rather a central area of concern if we want to understand US culture and politics.”--Reading Religion
“This addition to work on religion and sexuality pushes us along—to think both at large scale and small about what has defined the United States, history, religion, and sexuality then and now. These moments matter.”--Journal of American History
“This edited volume brings together thirteen essays on the intersection of two historical fields that have more often stared awkwardly at each other from across the room than embraced in the same bed: religious history and the history of sexuality. . . . An essential starting point for an introduction . . . and an ideal launching pad for future work.”--Journal of Southern History
“One of the most coherent, focused editorial collections on religion in American history: the authors have common argumentative purpose, the essays are themselves equal in accomplishment and quality, and the vision of religion and sexuality in the twentieth-century United States is intelligible. This is a one-stop recalibration for historians of sexuality.”--Church History and Religious Culture
“The authors have exploded the myth that a monolithic, oppressive “religion” has been at odds with sexual liberalism in the twentieth century. In its place, they have left us with over a dozen rich case studies in which religious actors have reconfigured their theologies and communities to accommodate new sexualities.”--American Historical Review
“This edited volume makes a significant contribution to several fields (American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Religious Studies, to name just a few) by examining the interconnected discourse on religion, gender, and sexuality that innovatively challenges conceptions of American religion.”--American Religion