American Religions, UNCW, Relics, Jamie L. Brummitt, Media, Materiality, Images, Technology, Mourning, Needlework.
Jamie researches the media, materiality, and technology of 19th century American Protestantism. Her projects investigate Protestant relics, schoolgirls’ needlework, mourning embroideries and lithographs, Spiritualism, missions, Victorian parlor culture, and women’s suffrage. Jamie also studies American Islam.
Jamie’s dissertation examined the material culture of mourning that proliferated after George Washington’s death. It traces how mourning for Washington and his relics became central to American Protestantism & politics. Americans engaged relics as powerful objects to realize their roles as political, religious, and gendered citizens. Manuscript revisions are ongoing for publication.
Jamie is currently writing about contraband bibles during the Civil War. She examines bibles as “bad books,” illegal objects, and prisoners of war. The essay is tentatively titled “‘How Dare Men Mix up the Bible so with Their Own Bad Passions’: The Material Culture of ‘the Bad Book’ in the American Civil War.”