The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China / Edition 1

The Gospel of Gentility: American Women Missionaries in Turn-of-the-Century China / Edition 1

by Jane Hunter
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300046030

ISBN-13: 9780300046038

Pub. Date: 09/10/1989

Publisher: Yale University Press

At the turn of the century, women represented over half of the American foreign mission force and had settled in "heathen" China to preach the lessons of Christian domesticity. In this engrossing narrative, Jane Hunter uses diaries, reminiscences, and letters to recreate the backgrounds of the missionaries and the problems and satisfactions they found in China. Her

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At the turn of the century, women represented over half of the American foreign mission force and had settled in "heathen" China to preach the lessons of Christian domesticity. In this engrossing narrative, Jane Hunter uses diaries, reminiscences, and letters to recreate the backgrounds of the missionaries and the problems and satisfactions they found in China. Her book offers insights not only into the experiences of these women but also into the ways they mirrored the female culture of Victorian America.
"A subtle and finely written book... [on] an aspect of the mission world in China that has never before received such probing, affectionate, detailed treatment."-Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books
"An important and often entertaining work....New angles on imperialism and gentility alike."-Martin E. Marty, Reviews in American History
"A triumph of sophisticated subtle intelligence. Though quite cognizant of the dark side of the confluence of American nationalism and the missionary enterprise, Hunter's interest is in moving beyond that understanding to explore how the meeting of two cultures affected, and was shaped by, a female angle of vision."-Regina Morantz-Sanchez, Signs
"Jane Hunter writes better than most novelists, and she has a topic more demanding and rewarding than the subjects many novelists deal with. Her story of the valiant and ofttimes guilt-ridden women who ventured to China, singly or with spouses, to win the country for Christ creates a world and beckons readers into it."-Christian Century

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300046038
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/10/1989
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
342
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
Preface xiii
Acknowledgments xix
Chinese Reform, American Mission, and "Woman's Work"
1(26)
Commitment
27(25)
Single Women and Mission Community
52(38)
Married Women and Missionary Vocation
90(38)
Domestic Empire
128(46)
Imperial Evangelism
174(55)
Chinese Women and Christian Identity
229(28)
Afterword: Amazons in Cathay 257(10)
List of Abbreviations 267(2)
Notes 269(36)
Note on Sources 305(4)
Index 309

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