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Representing the South Pacific : Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin - Rod Edmond

Representing the South Pacific

Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin

Hardcover Published: 13th January 1998
ISBN: 9780521550543
Number Of Pages: 320

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This book examines how the South Pacific was represented by explorers, missionaries, travelers, writers and artists between 1767 and 1914. It draws on history, literature, art history, and anthropology in its study of different, often conflicting colonial discourses of the Pacific. Among its themes are the persistent mythmaking around the figure of Cook, the Western obsession with Polynesian sexuality, tattooing, cannibalism and leprosy, the Pacific as a theater for adventure, and as a setting for Europe's displaced fears of its own cultural extinction.

'It is extremely refreshing to encounter work that displays all the lucid, interdisciplinary bounce of cultural theory and is also carefully attentive to historical, geographical and social reality ... a lively discursive account ... in scientific literature, theatre, painting, poetry, history and the novel, in Britain, across to the US and back to the emerging nations of the Pacific ... It is a method that sustains the whole of this marvellous book ... a rich and fascinating index of Pacific images and narratives.' David Hansen, The Australian's Review of Books 'A finely attuned account of the way Europeans represented the Pacific world from Cook to Gauguin ... A masterly survey ... A fascinating account.' Bernard Smith, Australian Book Review

Introduction
Killing the god: the afterlife of Cook-s death
Mutineers and beachcombers
Missionary endeavours
Trade and adventure
-Taking up with kanakas-: Robert Louis Stevenson and the Pacific
Skin and Bones: Jack London-s diseased Pacific
The French Pacific
Epilogue
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ISBN: 9780521550543
ISBN-10: 0521550548
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 13th January 1998
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.64