Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook by Rod Edmond

By Rod Edmond

This publication examines how the South Pacific was once represented via explorers, missionaries, tourists, writers and artists among 1767 and 1914. It attracts on historical past, literature, paintings background, and anthropology in its research of alternative, frequently conflicting colonial discourses of the Pacific. between its issues are the continual mythmaking round the determine of cook dinner, the Western obsession with Polynesian sexuality, tattooing, cannibalism and leprosy, the Pacific as a theater for experience, and as a atmosphere for Europe's displaced fears of its personal cultural extinction.

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