Synopses & Reviews
Writing from, and between, a variety of disciplines (history, anthropology, Maori Studies, literary criticism, law, cultural studies, art history, Pacific Studies), scholars from European, Polynesian, and Settler backgrounds show how the Pacific reveals a more various and contradictory history than that supposed by such homogenizing metropolitan myths as the introduction of civilization to savage peoples, the general ruin of indigenous cultures by an imperial juggernaut, or the mimicry of European models by an abject population.
From an interdisciplinary standpoint, this book shows how the Pacific reveals a more various and contradictory history than that supposed by such homogenizing metropolitan myths as the ruin of indigenous cultures or the mimicry of European models by an abject population.
Table of Contents
Introduction : postcoloniality and the Pacific / Alex Calder, Jonathan Lamb and Bridget Orr -- Nature and history, self and other : European perceptions of world history in the age of encounter / J.G.A. Pocock -- South Pacific mythology / 'I.F. Helu -- The postmodern legacy of a premodern warrior goddess in modern Samoa / Malama Meleisea -- Myth and history / 'Okusitino Måahina -- A history lesson : Captain Cook finds himself in the state of nature / Stephen Turner -- Myth, science and experience in the British construction of the Pacific / David Mackay -- A tribal encounter : the presence and properties of common-law language in the discourse of colonization in the early modern period / P.G. McHugh -- Liberty and license : the Forsters' accounts of New Zealand sociality / Nicholas Thomas -- Early contact ethnography and understanding : an evaluation of the Cook expeditionary accounts of the Grass Cove conflict / Ian G. Barber -- My musket, my missionary and my Mana / Pat Hohepa -- Englightenment anthropology and the ancestral remains of Australian aboriginal people / Paul Turnbull -- Missionaries on Tahiti, 1797-1840 / Rod Edmond -- Augustus Earle's The meeting of the artiest and the wounded Chief Hongi, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, 1827 and his depictions of other New Zealand encounters : contexts and connections / Leonard Bell -- Categorical weavings : European representations of the architecture of Hakari / Sarah Treadwell -- Pacific colonialism and the formation of literary culture / Simon During -- The canon on the beach : H. T. Kemp translating Robinson Crusoe and The pilgrim's progress / Mark Houlahan -- Tuku Whenua and land sale in New Zealand in the nineteenth century / Margaret Mutu.