Research Programs: Fellowships for University Teachers

Period of Performance

9/30/2003 - 5/31/2004

Funding Totals

$40,000.00 (approved)
$40,000.00 (awarded)

The Relationship Between the London Missionary Society and Highland Malagasy, 1820-1836

FAIN: FA-37930-03

Pier Larson
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2608)

No project description available

Media Coverage

Featured Book Review (Review)
Publication: American Historical Review
Date: 1/6/2010
Abstract: Featured review of Ocean of Letters.

Associated Products

Ocean of Letters: Language and Creolization in an Indian Ocean Diaspora (Book)
Title: Ocean of Letters: Language and Creolization in an Indian Ocean Diaspora
Author: Pier M. Larson
Abstract: A remarkable history of imperialism, language, and creolization in the largest African diaspora of the Indian Ocean in the early modern period. Ranging from Madagascar to the Mascarenes, the Comores, and South Africa, Ocean of Letters sheds new light on the roles of slavery, emancipation, oceanic travel, Christian missions, and colonial linguistics in the making of Malagasy-language literacy in the islands of the western Indian Ocean. Ocean of Letters shows how enslaved and free Malagasy, together with certain European colonists and missionaries, promoted the Malagasy language, literacy projects, and letter writing in the multilingual colonial societies of the region between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries. Addressing current debates in the history of Africa and the African diaspora, slavery, abolition, creolization, and the making of modern African literatures, the book crosses thematic as well as geo-imperial boundaries and brings fresh perspectives to Indian Ocean history.
Year: 2009
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Primary URL Description: Cambridge University Press
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0521739573