Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters

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This book examines a range of nineteenth-century European accounts from the Pacific, depicting Polynesian responses to imported metropolitan culture, in particular its technologies of writing and print and how they were appropriated and interrogated by Pacific peoples. Examining accounts by beachcombers and missionaries, and offering a detailed discussion of the late Pacific writings of Robert Louis Stevenson, Vanessa Smith argues that the texts of contact and settlement are shaped at least as much by local ...
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Overview

This book examines a range of nineteenth-century European accounts from the Pacific, depicting Polynesian responses to imported metropolitan culture, in particular its technologies of writing and print and how they were appropriated and interrogated by Pacific peoples. Examining accounts by beachcombers and missionaries, and offering a detailed discussion of the late Pacific writings of Robert Louis Stevenson, Vanessa Smith argues that the texts of contact and settlement are shaped at least as much by local contexts as by the agendas of their European authors.0
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"...Smith (King's College, Cambridge) has written an interesting analysis of European accounts of early contact with Pacific islanders." Choice

"The book is an innovative and useful addition to the presently flourishing critical field of colonial and post/ neocolonial studies...Literary Culture and the Pacific offers a wealth of specific interpretive moments...excellent insights...an excellent bibliography...an original and valuable book." Modern Philology

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction: acts of reading 1
1 'A gift of fabrication': the beachcornber as bricoleur 18
2 Lip service and conversion 53
3 'Other people's books': Stevenson's Pacific travels 101
4 Piracy and exchange: Stevenson's Pacific fiction 145
5 In the press of events: Stevenson's Pacific history 192
After-word: 'the impediment of tongues' 235
Notes 244
Bibliography 271
Index 293
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