“Following the four framing chapters of part I, the chapters in part II . . . offer in-depth studies of the work of individuals: writer and editor Hilary Teage, Mormon founder Joseph Smith, dramatic reader Gertrude Kellogg, concert pianist Amy Fay, and Hindu religious leader Swami Vivekananda. The chapters in the two parts function at different scales, and collectively they proffer additions and revisions to prior scholarship on nineteenth-century learning, emphasizing communities of learning that functioned through forms of difference, including racial, ethnic, gender, economic, geographic, and religious” (p. 15).
Part II consists of five chapters: