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'A Divine Attraction between Your Soul and Mine': George Whitefield and Same Sex Affection in 18th-Century Methodism

O'Brien, Glen (2017) 'A Divine Attraction between Your Soul and Mine': George Whitefield and Same Sex Affection in 18th-Century Methodism. Pacifica, 30 (2). pp. 177-192. ISSN 1030-570X

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Abstract

This article considers the blurred lines between male friendship and homoeroticism in eighteenth-century Methodism. It considers possible cases of transgressive male sexual acts among Methodist preachers, evaluates contemporary claims made about the sexual proclivities of leading Methodists, and considers the social location of 18th-century Methodism as a dangerous underworld of deviant religiosity whose centres of activity were often perched on the edge of sites of social exclusion. The ‘effeminacy’ of George Whitefield and the lack of heterosexual passion in his life are offered as a mode of examining the homosociality that existed within the heteronormative world of eighteenth-century Methodism.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Methodism, Eighteenth century, George Whitefield, History of sexuality, Homoaffectivity, Queer studies
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: SABC: Salvation Army Booth College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 22:18
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 04:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3020

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