Whole Oceans Away: Melville and the Pacific [NOOK Book]

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Essays on Melville and the culture of the Pacific“Like the young Melville, those who imagine Polynesia from the perspective of Europe or North America tend to envision a tropical garden set in a shining sea. But the Pacific experienced by a runaway American sailor in an earlier century presents a different picture, and the Pacifi c experienced by indigenous peoples of today a different one yet.”— from the IntroductionHerman Melville had a lifelong fascination with the Pacific and with the diverse island cultures ...
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Overview

Essays on Melville and the culture of the Pacific“Like the young Melville, those who imagine Polynesia from the perspective of Europe or North America tend to envision a tropical garden set in a shining sea. But the Pacific experienced by a runaway American sailor in an earlier century presents a different picture, and the Pacifi c experienced by indigenous peoples of today a different one yet.”— from the IntroductionHerman Melville had a lifelong fascination with the Pacific and with the diverse island cultures that dotted this vast ocean. The essays in this collection articulate the intersection of Western and Pacific perspectives in Melville’s work, from his early writings based on ocean voyages and encounters in the Pacific to Western modes of thought in relation to race and national identity. These essays interrogate familiar themes of Western colonialism while introducing fresh insights, including Melville’s use of Pacific cartography, the art of tattooing, and his interest in evolutionary science.Using a variety of methodologies and approaches—postcolonial theory, cultural studies, linguistics, performance theory—“Whole Oceans Away” offers a valuable body of criticism for students of nineteenth-century American literature and history, cultural studies, and Pacific Rim studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781631010163
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 1/20/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Jill Barnum was professor of literature and writing and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Minnesota. She published Melville Sea Dictionary: A Glossed Concordance and Analysis of the Sea Language in the Nautical Novels of Herman Melville (1982) and Encyclopedia of American Literature of the Sea and Great Lakes (2001).
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xi
Hawaiian Diacriticals     xiii
List of Illustrations     xiv
Introduction     xv
Pacific Subjects
Typee: Melville's "Contribution" to the Well-Being of Native Hawaiians   Monica A. Ka'imipono Kaiwi     3
Fayaway and Her Sisters: Gender, Popular Literature, and Manifest Destiny in the Pacific, 1848-1860   Amy S. Greenberg     17
"Depraved and Vicious" / Urbane and Domestic: Herman Melville, Elizabeth Sanders, and Traditions of Figuring Hawaiians   Charlene Avallone     31
Sociolinguistic-Ethnohistorical Observations on Pidgin English in Typee and Omoo   Emanuel J. Drechsel     49
"He alo a he alo": Jonathan Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio at the Melville and the Pacific Conference   Paul Lyons     63
Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887   Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo'ole Osorio
Colonial Appropriations and Resistance
"A Work I Have Never Happened to Meet": Melville's Versions of Porter in Typee   John Bryant     83
Plagiarizing Polynesia: Decolonization in Melville's Omoo Borrowings   Bryan Short     98
Mapping the Marquesas for Typee   Sanford E. Marovitz     111
Mapping Imagination and Experience in Melville's Pacific Novels   Christopher N. Phillips     124
Rozoko in the Pacific: Melville's Natural History of Creation   Wyn Kelley     139
Empire, Race, and Nation
Travels in the Interior: Typee, Pym, and the Limits of Transculturation   Susan Garbarini Fanning     155
"Duty and Profit Hand in Hand": Melville, Whaling, and the Failure of Heroic Materialism   John T. Matteson     170
"Strike through the Unreasoning Masks": Moby-Dick and Japan   Ikuno Saiki     183
"The Subordinate Phantoms": Melville's Conflicted Response to Asia in Moby-Dick   Elizabeth Schultz     199
"Facts Picked Up in the Pacific": Fragmentation, Deformation, and the (Cultural) Uses of Enchantment in "The Encantadas"   Christopher Sten     213
Of Mimicry and Masques: Benito Cereno and the National Allegory   Kevin Goddard     224
Postcolonial Reflections
Poem as Palm: Polynesia and Melville's Turn to Poetry   Warren Rosenberg     239
Tribal Queequeg and Daniel Quinn: Glimpsing Melville's "Undiscovered Prime"   Jill Barnum   Robert Del Tredici     253
Taking the Polynesians to Heart: Melville's Typee and Merwin's The Folding Cliffs   Wendy Stallard Flory     265
Marquesan Survivals: Melville and the Sacrifice of Reality Television   Tony McGowan     279
Lines of Dissent: Oceanic Tattoo and the Colonial Contest   Stanley Orr   Matt Rollins   Martin Kevorkian     291
Moby-Dick and the War on Terror   Carolyn L. Karcher     305
Contributors     316
Works Cited     321
Index     339
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