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'Friend of my soul' : constructing spiritual friendship in the autobiography of Mary Fletcher

Cruickshank, Joanna 2009, 'Friend of my soul' : constructing spiritual friendship in the autobiography of Mary Fletcher, Journal for eighteenth-century studies, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 373-387, doi: 10.1111/j.1754-0208.2009.00216.x.

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Title 'Friend of my soul' : constructing spiritual friendship in the autobiography of Mary Fletcher
Author(s) Cruickshank, JoannaORCID iD for Cruickshank, Joanna orcid.org/0000-0001-9155-2625
Journal name Journal for eighteenth-century studies
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 373
End page 387
Total pages 14
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1754-0194
1754-0208
Summary Mary Bosanquet Fletcher (1739-1815) was a leading early English Methodist, active throughout her adult life as a preacher, author, spiritual director and head of a large household. She was also part of a largely unexamined network of intense and intimate friendships between Methodist women across England. This article analyses the ways in which Fletcher represented friendship in her autobiography, a text that was widely published and read throughout the nineteenth century. Fletcher's autobiography shows how religious conviction could shape a distinctive construction of female friendship, at a time when such friendships had growing social and cultural significance.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1754-0208.2009.00216.x
Field of Research 210305 British History
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021782

Document type: Journal Article
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