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The Missionary Novel in Decline, Mark Twain, and America’s Second Manifest Destiny

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035451.003.0005
The Missionary Novel in Decline, Mark Twain, and America’s Second Manifest Destiny

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This chapter outlines the decline of missionary novel in America and the rise of a kind of non-fiction which was written to meet the moment. The chapter references particularly Mark Twain's narratives as well as essays on missions. This chapter also tries to analyze different political, historical, and sociological circumstances which could explain why novels celebrating the new American mission were not written. The important point is that American writers were asked to examine their country from the point of view of a stark realism.

Keywords: missionary novel; America; non-fiction; Mark Twin; missions; American writers; American mission

Chapter.  6723 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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