The introductory chapter examines the central premise of this book, which is the illuminating relationship between American destiny and Christian evangelicalism. The book demonstrates that from the early nineteenth century to the present, American fiction writers have often sought to both represent and critique America's missionary identity in their writing. The book tries to demonstrate that the American missionary novel is very much future oriented as it articulates a historically situated version of an evangelizing America. The book traces the different signs of the missionary novel over time. Most of the missionary novels studied in this book predicate a myth of America being a missionary nation.
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