Review of The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women. (Basic Books, 2019) by Crystal L. Downing.
Crystal Downing (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is the Co-Director of the Marion E. Wade Center and co-holder of the Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, IL: a position she shares with her husband, David C. Downing. She previously served as Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Crystal is the author of several books on the relationship between faith and culture, such as Salvation from Cinema: The Medium Is the Message(Routledge, 2016) and Writing Performances: The Stages of Dorothy L. Sayers (Palgrave, 2004). Crystal has published nearly eighty essays on topics ranging from the Amish to Jane Austen, including essays in VII such as “The Orthodoxology of Dorothy L. Sayers” in Volume 22 (2005) and a review essay on “Feminist Nay-Sayers: Are Women Human?” in Volume 24 (2007).