. Imagining the Other Discursive Portraits in Missionary Fiction


in Gender and Mission Encounters in Korea

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780520098695
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943780 | DOI:
. Imagining the Other Discursive Portraits in Missionary Fiction

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Foreign missionaries are not just out there; they are instrumental in constructing national identity and intellectual discourse. Missionaries captured the American public's fascination with stories of the exotic, heathen world, and served as an important cultural ground to feed the imagination of Americans and their identity as superior to others. While foreign missions were imagined and fanaticized by American writers at home, missionaries themselves were engaged in producing “missionary fiction.” These missionary fictions are literary devices used to represent foreign missions; they dramatized their role in saving souls. This chapter analyzes three examples of missionary fiction from Korea that shed light on the complexity and diversity of missionary discourse. Each fiction presents a distinct image of the new woman, which reflects both historical changes in Korea and missionaries' response to those changes from their own subject position.

Keywords: missionary fiction; foreign missions; portraits; woman; missionaries; Korea

Chapter.  10624 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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