The Word, the Pen, and the Pistol: Literature and Power in Tahiti

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The Word, The Pen, and the Pistol explores the relationships between history, power, knowledge, and certain cultural productions such as literature in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Borrowing from the theoretical works of Michel Foucault and Edward Said, the book reveals in the French colonial territory of French Polynesia the complicit relationship between imperialism and colonial texts, between the image of Tahiti as "paradise on earth" and other instruments of management, and between discourses such as the "Noble Savage" and various technologies of discipline and ordering. In particular, the book discusses the role that such men as Buffon, Rousseau, Bouganville, Loti, Gauguin, and Gobineau and institutions such as science, phrenology, scholarship, racism, travel literature, education, and tourism played in creating, supporting, authorizing, disseminating and enforcing certain images of the Polynesian. The book simultaneously details the complex and diverse responses of Maohi people to these romanticized Western discourses and reconstructs the spaces used by them to inscribe their resistance.
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Borrowing from the works of Michel Foucault and Edward Said, Nicole (history and politics, U. of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji) explores the relationships between history, power, knowledge, and certain cultural productions such as literature in French Polynesian colonial and postcolonial contexts. He describes the romantic European constructions and the diverse responses of the Maohi people to them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791447390
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: SUNY series on the Sublime Series
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Discourse or Intercourse: The Political Economy of Truth

2. Tracing the Myth of Tahiti
Islands, Paradise, and the West
Utopias and Noble Savages
Emerging Discourses of the South Pacific Other
Buffon and Rousseau: Science, Philosophy, and Racism

3. Bougainville: Actualizing Tahiti
Description: Island Gardens and Fair Females
Analysis: Laboratories and Guinea Pigs

4. Discursive Sedimentation: Enchantment and Racism
An Interlude with the Savage
Lawyers, Journalists, Theologians, and Plagiarizers: Salon Literature
A Piece of Wood in One Hand, a Dagger in the Other
Gunboat Diplomacy in Tahiti and Exotic Literature in Paris

5. Dreamers and Pilgrims
Anthropology, Business, and Guns
Loti: Desiring the Other
Gauguin: Inscribing the Other
Segalen: Speaking for the Other

6. (De)Regulating the Myth
Assimilation: Institutional Control and the Colonization of the Mind
Authoritative Reports and Poetic Songs: Two Sides of the Same Coin
TOMB: Tourism, Media, and the Bomb

7. Toward a Literature of Liberation
Collaboration or Resistance
Writing: Technological Colonialism or Collective Empowerment
Maohi Literature in French
The Vahine Replies
Toward a Literature of Liberation

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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