“A Truly Christian Hero”: Religion, Effeminacy, and Nation in the Writings of the Societies for Reformation of Manners

@article{Gregg2001ATC,
  title={“A Truly Christian Hero”: Religion, Effeminacy, and Nation in the Writings of the Societies for Reformation of Manners},
  author={S. H. Gregg},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Life},
  year={2001},
  volume={25},
  pages={17 - 28}
}
  • S. H. Gregg
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine, Sociology
  • Eighteenth-Century Life
In the critical discussion concerning manliness, effeminacy, and luxury, the concept of civic humanism or civic virtue has been prominent, if not hegemonic. In that discussion, John Barrell has succinctly remarked that “the discourse of civic humanism was the most authoritative fantasy of masculinity in early eighteenth-century Britain.”1 This study aims to offer a cautionary note to such a judgment by reintroducing the importance of religious discourses in shaping English and, after 1707… Expand
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