The Compassionate Social Sphere: Native Christian Auto/biographies in Colonial India, 1870-1920

  • Pramod K. Nayar

Abstract

This essay examines the construction of a compassionate social sphere in native missionary biographies and autobiographies from colonial India, 1870-1920. It proposes that the native converts begin the fashioning of such a social sphere when they become dissidents within the home and the family. From this assertion of agency in terms of their choice of faith and their disillusionment with, primarily Hinduism, they move on to constructing moral webs, constituted by textual labours and networks of labour wherein the missionary works to produce texts and generates a series of connections with existing missionary networks and building new ones among the converts. In this process they create a compassionate social sphere founded on Christian faith and labour.

Author Biography

Pramod K. Nayar
Pramod K. Nayar teaches in the Dept. of English, University of Hyderabad, India. His most recent works include The Indian Graphic Novel (2016), The Transnational in English Literature (2015) and The Postcolonial Studies Dictionary (2015). Email: pramodknayar@gmail.com.  
Published
2017-06-15
How to Cite
NAYAR, Pramod K.. The Compassionate Social Sphere: Native Christian Auto/biographies in Colonial India, 1870-1920. <i>Asiatic</i>: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, [S.l.], v. 11, n. 1, june 2017. ISSN 1985-3106. Available at: <http://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/AJELL/article/view/972>. Date accessed: 24 sep. 2017.
Section
Section III: General Articles and Interviews