Abstract

The Elsie Dinsmore series was a popular series for girls during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Although this series has rarely been recognized for its progressive ideology, a critical examination of the books reveals that Martha Finley created a character, Elsie, whose independence as a woman is deeply rooted in her conservative religious beliefs. This is contradictory to some modern assumptions about the relationship between religion and progressive ideology, but Elsie and her family depict a strong sense of female empowerment through religious faith.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 88-104
Launched on MUSE
2014-03-06
Open Access
No
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