Missionary Writing and Empire, 1800-1860 by Anna JohnstonMissionary Writing and Empire, 1800-1860 by Anna Johnston

Missionary Writing and Empire, 1800-1860

byAnna Johnston

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Arguing that missionaries occupied ambiguous positions in colonial cultures, Anna Johnson analyzes missionary writing under the aegis of the British Empire. Johnson reveals how missionaries were caught between imperial and religious interests through an examination of texts published by the largest and most influential nineteenth-century evangelical institution, the London Missionary Society. Texts from Indian, Polynesian, and Australian missions are also examined to highlight their representation of nineteenth-century evangelical activity in relationship to gender, colonialism, and race.
Anna Johnston is Lecturer in Australian and Postcolonial Literature in the School of English, Journalism, and European Languages at the University of Tasmania. She is the co-editor of In Transit: Travel, Text, Empire (Peter Lang 2002) with Helen Gilbert, and has published articles on missionary writing, postcolonial literature, and aut...
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Title:Missionary Writing and Empire, 1800-1860Format:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:December 3, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction: writing missionaries; Part I. The Mission Statement: 1. The British Empire, colonialism and missionary activity; 2. Gender, domesticity and colonial evangelisation; Part II. The London Missionary Society in India: 3. Empire, India and evangelisation; 4. Missionary writing in India; 5. Imperialism, suffragism and nationalism; Part III. The London Missionary Society in Polynesia: 6. Polynesian missions and the European imaginary; 7. Missionary writing in Polynesia; Part IV. The London Missionary Society in Australia: 8. The Australian colonies and empire; 9. Missionary writing in Australia; Conclusion: missionary writing, the imperial archive and postcolonial politics; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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"The ambivalence of another stock figure is brought out in Johnston's work, which makes it impossible to write off the Victorian missionary as solely a creature of misdirected overzealousness." Kate Flint, Studies in English Literature