"For Thy Best Beauty": Canticles and Collectivity in Early America.

Nielson, Boyd.


  • Abstract: My dissertation explores the history of gendered collectivity in early America through the defining role of Canticles (or Song of Songs) and its relative eclipse in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Drawing on a range of writing in print and archival sources, I examine sermons, poems, scriptural annotations and pamphlets to show that gendered notions of collectivity wer... read more
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