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Missionary Positions: Evangelicalism and Empire in American Fiction

Albert H. Tricomi


The central premise of this book is that missionary evangelicalism has been an integral feature of American imperial ventures since the founding of the Republic. The book demonstrates that from the early nineteenth century to the present, American fiction writers have often sought to represent—and critique—America's missionary identity in their work. In the process it defines the missionary novel as a distinct sub-genre of fictional narrative, explains how it came into being, and identifies its primary characteristics. From Melville's Typee and Omoo to Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible, from Miche ... More

Keywords: missionary evangelicalism, Republic, early nineteenth century, American fiction, missionary identity, sub-genre, fictional narrative, missionary novel, relationships, American missionaries, Christian evangelicalism, destiny

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780813035451
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035451.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albert H. Tricomi, author
Binghamton University