© 1998

Women of Faith in Victorian Culture

Reassessing the Angel in the House

  • Anne Hogan
  • Andrew Bradstock

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Anne Hogan, Andrew Bradstock
    Pages 1-5
  3. J. R. Watson
    Pages 128-144
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-230

About this book


An interdisciplinary study of Victorian women of faith as portrayed in the fiction and non-fiction of the period. The book explores how novelists, biographers and other writers depicted religious women, with special reference to the influence of the ideal of the 'Angel in the House' as embodied in Coventry Patmore's poem of that name. Among those whose work is explored are George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, Christina Rossetti, George Moore and Anne Bront� as well as hymnwriters, missionary biographers, non-conformist obituarists and artists of the Aesthetic Movement.


culture drama fiction gender novel religion women

Editors and affiliations

  • Anne Hogan
    • 1
  • Andrew Bradstock
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of Southampton New CollegeUK
  2. 2.Department of TheologyUniversity of Southampton New CollegeUK

About the editors

HENRIETTA TWYCROSS MARTIN Lecturer, English Department, Goldsmith's College SIV JANSSON former Lecturer at Imperial College, the University of North London, Middlesex University and Royal Holloway and New Bedford College PETER MERCHANT Senior Lecturer in English, Canterbury Christ Church College FREDERICK S. RODEN Doctoral candidate, Department of English, New York University JOSS WEST-BURNHAM Subject Leader in Cultural Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University TERRY PHILLIPS Lecturer in English, Liverpool Hope University College WILLIAM GRAY teaches in both the English and the Religious Studies departments, Chichester Institute of Higher Education J.R. WATSON Professor of English, University of Durham LINDA WILSON Part-time tutor, Wesley College, Bristol CAROL MARIE ENGELHARDT Department of History, Indiana University SEAN GILL Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol SUSAN P. CASTERAS teaches at the University of Washington SUE MORGAN is engaged in doctoral research in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Bristol MARY GREY Professor of Contemporary Theology, LSU College, Southampton.

Bibliographic information


This book makes a worthy contribution in showing how women of faith adapted the angel to their need for autonomy. Religion and the Arts