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Missionary PositionsEvangelicalism and Empire in American Fiction$
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Albert H. Tricomi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035451

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035451.001.0001

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Contesting America’s Missionary Destiny in Sinclair Lewis’s The God-Seeker

Contesting America’s Missionary Destiny in Sinclair Lewis’s The God-Seeker

(p.132) (p.133) 6 Contesting America’s Missionary Destiny in Sinclair Lewis’s The God-Seeker
Missionary Positions

Albert H. Tricomi

University Press of Florida

This chapter focuses on Sinclair Lewis's novel The God-Seeker and seeks to clarify how it is a retrospective assessment of America being a missionary nation advancing religious and political beliefs. Lewis through his novel tries to reimagine an evangelizing America whose national spirit is directed towards progressive causes such as unionism and civil rights. Lewis tries to reinterpret the Christian mission to the Indian by redoing Cooper's uplifting, romantic tale of reconciling and substituting it with a harsh realism. The God-Seeker in fact seeks to find America's “salvation” in its commitment to social justice programs.

Keywords:   Sinclair Lewis, The God-Seeker, retrospective assessment, America, evangelizing America, Cooper, salvation, religious belief, political belief, unionism, civil rights

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