Mixed Messages: Materiality, Textuality, Missions / Edition 1

Mixed Messages: Materiality, Textuality, Missions / Edition 1

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Mixed Messages: Materiality, Textuality, Missions / Edition 1

This collection of essays looks at missions, their complicity in European colonialism, and their postcolonial aftermath. It examines the spread of Christianity, ranging over the anthropological, textual, historical and geographical dimensions of mission enterprises, with topics as diverse as the influence of mission printing and record-keeping on traditional life in Africa to the role of missions in changing styles of dress in India. Also, uniquely, the collection includes essays analyzing the role of proselytizing in Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, as well as American liberal democratic capitalism. The volume is interdisciplinary, focusing on textual and material aspects of missions. Like Griffiths' earlier ground-breaking books in postcolonial studies, and Scott's well-known interdisciplinary work on missions and postcolonial literatures, this collection is intended to be used as a teaching tool for courses in postcolonial/cultural and mission studies.

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ISBN-13: 9780312295769
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

Master Narratives of Imperial Missions--Jeffrey Cox
• Inventing the World: Transnationalism, Transmission and Christian Textualities--Isabel Hofmeyr
• The Missionary Writing Machine In Nineteenth-Century Kwazulu-Natal--Norman Etherington
• Mixed Messages: Imperial Adventures and Missionary Tales--Gareth Griffiths
• Books and Bodices: Material Culture and Protestant Missions in Colonial South India--Eliza F. Kent
• Landscapes of Faith: British Missionary Tourism in the South Pacific--Jane Samson
• Penitential and Penitentiary: Native Canadians and Colonial Mission Education--Jamie S. Scott
• Da 'Wa in the West: Islamic Mission in American Form--Jane I. Smith
• The Spread of Budhism in the West: Missionary Work and the Pattern of Religious Diffusion--James William Coleman
• "In Every Town, Country and Village My Name Will Be Sung": Hindu Missions in India and Abroad--Klaus K. Klostermaier
• Articles of Faith: International Relations and 'Missionary' Scholarship--J. Marshall Beier
• Afterword: Global Conversions--Peter van der Veer

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