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Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman

Elizabeth Freeman is Professor of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty in Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Davis.  She is the author of three books from Duke University Press: The Wedding Complex: Forms of Belonging in Modern American Culture (2002), Time Binds: Queer Temporalities, Queer Histories (2010), and Beside You in Time: Sense Methods and Queer Sociabilities in the American Nineteenth Century (forthcoming 2019).

Based on a color lithograph of ca. 1826 by Anthony Imbert, entitled Shakers near Lebanon

The Rhythms of Shaker Dance Marked the Shakers as “Other”

The name Shaker originally comes from the insult “Shaking Quakers,” which mocked the sect’s use of their bodies in worship.