Kimberly VanEsveld Adams

Kimberly VanEsveld Adams is a former Mellon Fellow and has had articles in Women's Studies and Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She teaches at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. 

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Our Lady of Victorian Feminism · The Madonna in the Work of Anna Jameson, Margaret Fuller, and George Eliot
By Kimberly VanEsveld Adams

Our Lady of Victorian Feminism is about three nineteenth-century women, Protestants by background and feminists by conviction, who are curiously and crucially linked by their extensive use of the Madonna in arguments designed to empower women. In the field of Victorian studies, few scholars have looked beyond the customary identification of the Christian Madonna with the Victorian feminine ideal—the domestic Madonna or the Angel in the House.