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Revival

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/9780813035451.003.0006
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This chapter studies two notable missionary novels, Alice Tisdale Hobart's 1936 Yang and Yin and Claude McKay's Banana Bottom. The first novel is considered to be the best fictional account of an American Protestant medical missionary placed in China during the first quarter of the twentieth century. The other novel is a result of its author's experience with Baptist missionaries prevalent in the British colony of Jamaica. Both the novels engage the subject of Western imperialism. The main point of view of Yang and Yin is the rigid theology of the Christian mission, which is highly misdirected and counterproductive. On the other hand, Banana Bottom treats missionary evangelicalism with respect to post-colonial slavery legacy in the Americas.

Keywords: Alice Tisdale Hobart; Claude McKay; Yang and Yin; Banana Bottom; American Protestant; China; Baptist missionaries; Western imperialism; Christian mission; Jamaica; evangelicalism; post-colonial slavery

Chapter.  9346 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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