American PacificismOceania in the US Imagination Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures (Pdf kindle) by Paul Lyons

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The islands instead emerge in relation to American national identity as places for scientific discovery soul saving and civilizing missions manhood testing adventure nuclear testing and eroticized furloughs between maritime work and warfareRanging from first contact and the colonial archive through to postcolonialism and global tourism this thought provoking volume draws upon a wide rewarding collection of literary works historical and cultural scholarship government documents and tourist literatu

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American PacificismOceania in the US Imagination Routledge Research in Postcolonial Literatures

In which two fundamental conceptions of Oceania have been entwined in the American imagination On the one hand the Pacific islands are seen as economic and geopolitical 'stepping stones' rather than ends in themselves whilst on the other they are viewed as ends of the earth or 'cultural limits' unencumbered by notions of sin antitheses to the industrial worlds of economic and political modernity However both conceptions obscure not only Islander cultures but also innovative responses to incursion

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This provocative analysis and critiue of American representations of Oceania and Oceanians from the nineteenth century to the present argues that imperial fantasies have glossed over a complex violent history It introduces the concept of 'American Pacificism' a theoretical framework that draws on contemporary theories of friendship hospitality and tourism to refigure established debates around 'orientalism' for an Oceanian contextPaul Lyons explores American Islander relations and traces the ways


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