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Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing and the Methodist Media Revolution'Consider the Lord as Ever Present Reader'$
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Andrew O. Winckles

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620184

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620184.001.0001

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Evangelicalism, Mediation, and Social Change

Evangelicalism, Mediation, and Social Change

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(p.246) Chapter Eight Evangelicalism, Mediation, and Social Change
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Eighteenth-Century Women's Writing and the Methodist Media Revolution
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Andrew O. Winckles

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781789620184.003.0008

This chapter briefly synthesizes the findings of the volume, considering how evangelical media affected British life and letters more broadly during the long eighteenth century. While evangelicalism itself was, and continues to be, a contested category—reading evangelicalism primarily as part of the history of mediation allows us for a better understanding of the enduring power and influence of the movement. It also troubles narratives of secularization in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and better explains the continuing influence of evangelical religion and evangelical media practices today. This chapter reveals that, once a discursive space has been opened up and the outsiders invited in, it can be very difficult to comprehensively close it again.

Keywords:   Evangelicalism, Secularization, Mediation

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