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Contesting America’s Missionary Destiny in Sinclair Lewis’s <i>The God-Seeker</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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813035451.003.0007
Contesting America’s Missionary Destiny in Sinclair Lewis’s The God-Seeker

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This chapter focuses on Sinclair Lewis's novel The God-Seeker and seeks to clarify how it is a retrospective assessment of America being a missionary nation advancing religious and political beliefs. Lewis through his novel tries to reimagine an evangelizing America whose national spirit is directed towards progressive causes such as unionism and civil rights. Lewis tries to reinterpret the Christian mission to the Indian by redoing Cooper's uplifting, romantic tale of reconciling and substituting it with a harsh realism. The God-Seeker in fact seeks to find America's “salvation” in its commitment to social justice programs.

Keywords: Sinclair Lewis; The God-Seeker; retrospective assessment; America; evangelizing America; Cooper; salvation; religious belief; political belief; unionism; civil rights

Chapter.  7715 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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