Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters by Vanessa SmithLiterary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters by Vanessa Smith

Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters

byVanessa SmithEditorGillian Beer

Paperback | November 17, 2005

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This book examines a range of nineteenth-century European accounts from the Pacific that depict Polynesian responses to imported metropolitan culture, in particular its technologies of writing and print and how they were appropriated and interrogated by Pacific peoples. Examining accounts by beachcombers and missionaries, and offering a detailed discussion of the late Pacific writings of Robert Louis Stevenson, Vanessa Smith argues that the texts of contact and settlement are shaped at least as much by local contexts as by the agendas of their European authors.
Title:Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual EncountersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.71 inPublished:November 17, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521022983

ISBN - 13:9780521022989


Table of Contents

List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction: acts of reading; 1. 'A gift of fabrication': the beachcomber as bricoleur; 2. Lip service and conversation; 3. 'Other people's books': Stevenson's Pacific travels; 4. Piracy and exchange: Stevenson's Pacific fictions; 5. In the press of events: Stevenson's Pacific history; Afterword: 'the impediment of tongues'; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"The book is an innovative and useful addition to the presently flourishing critical field of colonial and post/ neocolonial studies...Literary Culture and the Pacific offers a wealth of specific interpretive moments...excellent excellent original and valuable book." Modern Philology