Ly suspect Yet it also held a fascination for many who for a belief that appealed to their emotion The worlds *for a belief that appealed to their emotion The worlds and aesthetics found themselves in a sense natural competitors to Methodism due to it theatrical presence and the religious enthusiasm which mirrors or is mirrored in the aesthete losing herself in the sublime Through the historical example of 18th century Methodism read wi. And between theater and belief Imagining Methodism situates works by Henry Fielding John Cleland Samuel Foote William Hogarth Horace Walpole Tobias Smollett and others alongside the contributions of John Wesley Charles Wesley and George Whitefield in order to nderstand how Methodism's brand of experimental religion was both born of the modern world and perceived as a threat to itAnderson's analysis of reactions to Methodism exposes a complicated interlocking picture of the religious and the secular terms less transparent than they seem in current critical sage Her argument is not.
Summary Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth Century BritainA worthwhile read Misty Anderson brings the estions of selfhood and *belief to life in her examination of the interplay between the *to life in her examination of the interplay between
*the Methodist and their counterparts in the worlds of literature and theatre 18th Century Methodism she *Methodist and their counterparts in the worlds of literature and theatre 18th Century Methodism she challenged the narrow confines of rationalist identity that modernity had set p As such it was often viewed as politically sexually and intellectual. In the eighteenth century British Methodism was an object of both derision and desire Many popular eighteenth century works ridiculed Methodists yet often the very same plays novels and prints that cast Methodists as primitive irrational or deluded also betrayed a thinly cloaked fascination with the experiences of divine presence attributed to the new evangelical movement Misty G Anderson argues that writers actors and artists sed Methodism as a concept to interrogate the boundaries of the self and the fluid relationships "Between Religion And Literature Between Reason And Enthusiasm. "religion and literature between reason and enthusiasm. ,
*Sign Of Sexual Cognitive *of sexual cognitive social danger By situating satiric images of Methodists in their popular contexts she
Recaptures A Vigorous Cultural Debatea vigorous cultural debate the domains of religion and literature in the modern British imaginationRich in cultural and literary analysis Anderson's argument will be of interest to students and scholars of the eighteenth century religious studies theater and the history of gend.