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The Missionary’s Progress. Evolving Images Of ‘Self’ And ‘Other’ In The Career Of Jakob Spieth (1856–1914)

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This chapter is concerned with the genre of missionary autobiography, more particularly with how the Bible is inscribed in many autobiographical texts produced by Norwegian missionaries in the 20th century. The approach to autobiographical literature employed in the chapter has a textual, not a referential or historical focus. It calls attention to some of the intertextual structures of these works, namely those involving biblical elements in the construction of 'self ' and 'other'. The audience of Norwegian mission literature is found within the mission-supporting culture connected to the organizations. To be a Christian missionary means to identify with a biblical category having the apostle Paul as its foremost representative as well as responding to the word of God. These are basic features belonging to the religious foundation of Christian mission.

Keywords:autobiographical literature; biblical representations; Christian missionary; mission literature



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