Melville’s Indictment of the Missionaries in <i>Typee</i> and <i>Omoo</i>

Albert H. Tricomi

in Missionary Positions

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780813035451
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039640 | DOI:
Melville’s Indictment of the Missionaries in Typee and Omoo

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This chapter sheds light on Melville's novels on the South Sea Islands and Hawaii, Typee and Omoo, which are regarded as testaments to the division of attention between established missions to the American India. As both the novels encouraged national debate over the efficacy of foreign missions, the chapter examines both of these novels along with the reviews received by them. According to this chapter, the religious issues which were raised in reviews of Typee and Omoo spoke mainly to mainstream American as well as British concerns. Moreover Melville through his two novels also offered a troubling view of America as an evangelizing nation.

Keywords: Melville; South Sea Islands; Hawaii; Typee; Omoo; American India; foreign mission; evangelizing nation

Chapter.  9262 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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