By Paul Lyons
This provocative research and critique of yankee representations of Oceania and Oceanians from the 19th century to the current, argues that imperial fantasies have glossed over a posh, violent background. It introduces the idea that of ‘American Pacificism’, a theoretical framework that attracts on modern theories of friendship, hospitality and tourism to refigure validated debates round ‘orientalism’ for an Oceanian context.
Paul Lyons explores American-Islander kinfolk and lines the ways that basic conceptions of Oceania were entwined within the American mind's eye. at the one hand, the Pacific islands are obvious as monetary and geopolitical ‘stepping stones’, instead of results in themselves, while at the different they're considered as ends of the earth or ‘cultural limits’, unencumbered via notions of sin, antitheses to the commercial worlds of monetary and political modernity. although, either conceptions vague not just Islander cultures, but additionally leading edge responses to incursion. The islands as an alternative emerge on the subject of American nationwide identification, as locations for clinical discovery, soul-saving and civilizing missions, manhood-testing experience, nuclear checking out and eroticized furloughs among maritime paintings and warfare.
Ranging from first touch and the colonial archive via to postcolonialism and international tourism, this thought-provoking quantity attracts upon a large, lucrative choice of literary works, ancient and cultural scholarship, executive files and vacationer literature.
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