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Sarah A. Curtis
San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA 94132-1722)

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars
Research Programs

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$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2007 – 5/31/2008

Missionary Utopias: French Women Missionaries in the Early 19th Century

This proposal seeks funding to complete a book examining the lives and work of three charismatic early nineteenth-century French missionary women: Philippine Duchesne, Emilie de Vialar, and Anne-Marie Javouhey. By founding and joining religious orders these women gained increased authority to travel outside of France, challenge church power, and evangelize among non-Christians, all roles more commonly ascribed to men in the nineteenth century. Working in very different colonial contexts – North America, the Mediterranean basin, and France’s slave colonies – they also allow us to understand the range of cultural adaptations necessary to successful missionary and imperial work as France restored its empire after the Revolution.