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Titre : Good Intentions Gone Awry: Emma Crosby and ...
Éditeur : University of British Columbia Press, Canada
Date d'édition : 2006
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
Language: English . Brand New Book. Emma Crosby s letters to family and friends in Ontario shed light on a critical era and bear witness to the contribution of missionary wives. They mirror the hardships and isolation she faced as well as her assumptions about the supremacy of Euro-Canadian society and of Christianity. They speak to her good intentions and to the factors that caused them to go awry. The authors critically represent Emma s sincere convictions towards mission work and the running of the Crosby Girls Home (later to become a residential school), while at the same time exposing them as a product of the times in which she lived. They also examine the roles of Native and mixed-race intermediaries who made possible the feats attributed to Thomas Crosby as a heroic male missionary persevering on his own against tremendous odds. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780774812702
Synopsis : Unlike most missionary scholarship that focuses on male missionaries, "Good Intentions Gone Awry" chronicles the experience of a missionary wife. It is based on the letters that Emma Crosby, wife of the well-known Methodist missionary Thomas Crosby, wrote to her family and others in Cobourg, Ontario, while she lived at Fort Simpson, near present-day Prince Rupert. Crosby's letters to her mother are at the heart of this volume. Her correspondence begins just prior to her meeting the missionary suitor who would become her husband. The exchange of letters continued from 1874 until 1881, when her mother passed away. The deaths of her mother and then of her father five years later slowed her letters to her family to a trickle. "Good Intentions Gone Awry" is a fascinating collection. Crosby, besides being a prolific letter-writer, was well-educated and an informative writer. Her letters shed light on a particular era and bear witness to the contribution of missionary wives. They show that mission work was something much more complex than simple tales of conversion by men invested in Christianity. Multiple participants shaped the missionary enterprise, each of them acting on their own motivations with consequences that no one would have anticipated. This book is a valuable contribution to Canadian history and will appeal to readers in women's, Canadian, Native, and religious studies, as well as those interested in missiology in the Canadian West.
Critique: Good Intentions Gone Awry offers insight into the previously underemphasized role of women in all aspects of missionary life - both as an exploration of the gendered practices within the missionary project that regimented Emma Crosby's life and the results of the imposition of such practices on Aboriginal girls. The authors... offer interpretative tools to make sense of [Emma] within her times without excusing her complacency in the colonialism inherent to Aboriginal missions.
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