Literature of Missionaries in the Nineteenth Century Criticism: Uses Of Ethnography - Essay

Ruth H. Lindeborg (essay date 1994)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Lindeborg, Ruth H. “The ‘Asiatic’ and the Boundaries of Victorian Englishness.” Victorian Studies 37, no. 3 (spring 1994): 381-404.

[In the following essay, Lindeborg examines the writings of Joseph Salter, a missionary to Africans and Asians in the ports of London, suggesting that Salter's memoirs of his missionary work reveal anxiety about the penetration of non-Europeans into English society as well as an early anthropological perspective.]

Didn't dislike foreigners, for he never saw none. What was they?

—Ragged school pupil in London, late 1850s, Mayhew, London Labour and the London...

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Edwin J. McAllister (essay date 1998)

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: McAllister, Edwin J. “‘Our Glory and Joy’: Stephen Riggs and the Politics of Nineteenth-Century American Missionary Ethnography Among the Sioux.” In Christian Encounters with the Other, edited by John C. Hawley, pp. 150-65. New York: New York University Press, 1998.

[In the following essay, McAllister describes Riggs's ethnology in the context of contemporary thought about human civilization and racial difference. McAllister suggests that while Riggs's writing demonstrates a lack of modern respect for Native American tradition, it also reflects his belief that Native Americans were not biologically inferior to Whites and therefore incapable of “civilization.”]...

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