Faithful Bodies Hardback

Performing Religion and Race in the Puritan Atlantic

by Heather Miyano Kopelson;


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Faithful Bodies

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In the seventeenth-century English Atlantic, religious beliefs and practices played a central role in creating racial identity. English Protestantism provided a vocabulary and structure to describe and maintain boundaries between insider and outsider. In this path-breaking study, Heather Miyano Kopelson peels back the layers of conflicting definitions of bodies and competing practices of faith in the puritan Atlantic, demonstrating how the categories of "white," "black," and "Indian" developed alongside religious boundaries between "Christian" and "heathen" and between "Catholic" and "Protestant." Faithful Bodies focuses on three communities of Protestant dissent in the Atlantic World: Bermuda, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. In this "puritan Atlantic," religion determined insider and outsider status: at times Africans and Natives could belong as long as they embraced the Protestant faith, while Irish Catholics and English Quakers remained suspect. Colonists' interactions with indigenous peoples of the Americas and with West Central Africans shaped their understandings of human difference and its acceptable boundaries.
Prayer, religious instruction, sexual behavior, and other public and private acts became markers of whether or not blacks and Indians were sinning Christians or godless heathens. As slavery became law, transgressing people of color counted less and less as sinners in English puritans' eyes, even as some of them made Christianity an integral part of their communities. As Kopelson shows, this transformation proceeded unevenly but inexorably during the long seventeenth century.

Faithful Bodies by Heather Miyano Kopelson was published by New York University Press in July 2014. The ISBN for Faithful Bodies is 9781479805006.

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Page last updated 30th March 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherNew York University Press (July 2014)
Weight658g
Number of Pages416
Thickness28 mm
Height231 mm
Width170 mm
ISBN9781479805006
ISBN-101479805009
Product Code4271803
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