Harvest of Souls Paperback

The Jesuit Missions and Colonialism in North America, 1632 - 1650

by Carole Blackburn;

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Harvest of Souls

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In 1632, Jesuit missionary Paul Le Jeune, newly arrived at the fort of Quebec, wrote the first of the "Relations" to his superior in Paris, initiating a series of biannual mission reports that came to be known as the "Jesuit Relations". In "Harvest of Souls", Carole Blackburn presents a contemporary interpretation of the 1632-1650 "Relations", arguing that they are colonizing texts in which the Jesuits use language, imagery, and forms of knowledge to legitimize relations of inequality with the Huron and Montagnais. By combining textual analysis with an ethnographic study of the Jesuits, Blackburn is able to reveal the gap between the domineering language of the "Relations" and the limited authority that the Jesuits were able to exercise over Native people, who actively challenged much of what the Jesuits tried to do and say. She highlights the struggle between the Jesuits and Natives over the meaning of Christianity. The Jesuits' attempted to convey their Christian message through Native languages and cultural idioms.Blackburn shows that this resulted in the displacement of much of the content of the message and demonstrates that the Native people's acts of resistance took up and transformed aspects of the Jesuits' teachings in ways that subverted their authority.

Harvest of Souls by Carole Blackburn was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in January 2004. The ISBN for Harvest of Souls is 9780773527690.

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Page last updated 7th March 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherMcGill-Queen's University Press (January 2004)
Number of Pages184
Thickness13 mm
Height228 mm
Width154 mm
Product Code1194114
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