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 withstand carnal emotions to accomplish own salvation. because the founding father of Westfield university on the collage of London, Maynard championed women’s entry to a college schooling. because the college’s first crucial, she additionally engaged in a string of passionate relationships with collage girls during which she imagined love as God’s reward in addition to a attempt of her faith.
Using Maynard’s broad own papers, specifically her diaries and autobiography, Pauline A. Phipps examines how the language of her religion provided Maynard the ability with which to carve out an autonomous profession and to forge a different same-sex sexual self-consciousness in an period whilst middle-class girls have been anticipated to be subservient to males and restrained to the house. Constance Maynard’s Passions is the attention-grabbing account of a existence which confounds the standard different types of religion, gender, and sexuality.
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