2017-08-07 book by Ashley Squires

New Book by Ashley Squires

This book describes the presence of Christian Science in American literature at the turn of the 20th century

On August 7, Ashley Squires’s book, Healing the Nation: Literature, Progress, and Christian Science, was released by Indiana University Press. Squires is an assistant professor at the Department of Humanities and Languages and Director of the Writing and Communication Center at NES. Congratulations to the author!

Exploring the surprising presence of Christian Science—a Protestant religious denomination—in American literature at the turn of the 20th century, Ashley Squires reveals the rich and complex connections between religion and literature in American culture. Mary Baker Eddy’s Church of Christ, Scientist, founded in the middle of the 19th century, was one of the fastest growing and most controversial religious movements in the United States, and it is no accident that its influence touched the lives and work of many American writers, including Frances Hodgson Burnett, Theodore Dreiser, and Mark Twain.

In a moment when the struggle between religion and science framed debates about how the United States was to become a modern nation, the Christian Science movement contributed to popular narratives about how to heal the nation and advance the cause of human progress, Squires concludes. >>>

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