Dark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination by Jennifer FullerDark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination by Jennifer Fuller

Dark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination

byJennifer Fuller

Paperback | September 15, 2017

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The discovery of the Pacific islands amplified the qualities of mystery and exoticism already associated with "foreign" islands. Their "savage" peoples, their isolation, and their sheer beauty fascinated British visitors across the long nineteenth century. Dark Paradise argues that while theBritish originally believed the islands to be commercial paradises or perfect sites for missionary endeavours, as the century progressed, their optimistic vision transformed to portray darker realities. As a result, these islands act as a "breaking point" for British theories of imperialism,colonialism, and identity. The book traces the changing British attitudes towards imperial settlement as the early view of "island as paradise" gives way to a fear of the hostile islanders and examines how this revelation undermined a key tenent of British imperialism - that they were the "superior"or "civilized" islanders.
Jennifer Fuller is Assistant Lecturer at Idaho State University.
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Title:Dark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British ImaginationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1474426115

ISBN - 13:9781474426114

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