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col·por·teur

 (kŏl′pôr′tər)
n.
A peddler of devotional literature.

[French, alteration (influenced by col, neck, from the idea that peddlers carry their wares on trays suspended from straps around their necks) of Old French comporteur, from comporter, to conduct, peddle; see comport.]

colporteur

(ˈkɒlˌpɔːtə; French kɔlpɔrtœr)
n
(Commerce) a hawker of books, esp bibles
[C18: from French, from colporter, probably from Old French comporter to carry (see comport); influenced through folk etymology by porter à col to carry on one's neck]
ˈcolˌportage n

col•por•teur

(ˈkɒlˌpɔr tər, -ˌpoʊr-)

n.
a person who travels to sell or publicize Bibles, religious tracts, etc.
[1790–1800; < French]
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11) Colporteur as a variant term for an itinerant seller of cheap print is found much later in Scotland, used in documents mainly from the late nineteenth century onwards.
Foucault's statement, however, needs to be read in light of Roger Chartier's observation regarding early modern attempts at suppressing "bad books": "Dans la repression, toutefois, la responsabilite de l'auteur d'un livre censure ne semble pas consideree comme plus grande que celle de l'imprimeur qui l'a publie, du libraire ou du colporteur qui le vend, ou du lecteur qui le possede.
L'enquete recense 585 itinerants consideres comme nomades, dont les metiers declares sont saltimbanque, vannier, chanteur ambulant, marchand forain, lutteur, colporteur, acrobate, ecuyer de cirque, graveur, boulanger, artiste d'agilite, marchand d'oiseaux, fabricant de corbeilles, marchand de chevaux, fabricant de cadres de coquillages.
Evangeliste protestant et colporteur hypocrite, il enjole les fideles et les clients potentiels en faisant miroiter des promesses miraculeuses de cures de toutes sortes : des remedes aux douleurs physiques, des richesses et le salut.
Aheong (Siu Phong, Seau Hung, Hsiao Hsiung) as colporteur to work among the Chinese in 1868.
162) The goal of each colporteur was to become an anonymous presence in the lives of those who "did not believe in religion.
Dans l'usage de ces categorisations (categories d'autrui, categories spatiales) se dessinent en creux une hierarchie interne de prestige, qui signale les difficultes de chacun a se positionner et a se reconnaitre dans les categories identitaires fixes de l'immigre travailleur africain et du colporteur senegalais.
His most influential essay popularized the story of a famous itinerant--the frontier's "first colporteur," Johnny Appleseed.
Torro et Diallo beneficient de la complicite de certains militaires et arrivent a s'evader l'un habille en colporteur, l'autre en eleveur.
These agents and contraptions of circulation were endlessly featured in mission publicity material and functioned as prosthetic extensions of missionaries: as James Rennie, a Scottish colporteur commented, "I am the legs of John Bunyan .
As an exemplary colporteur, she transported her passion for gesture, magic, and the color and texture of costumes into the making of objects.