Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters

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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.
 

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Contents

the beachcomber as bricoleur
18
Lip service and conversion
53
Stevensons Pacific travels
101
Stevensons Pacific fiction
145
Stevensons Pacific history
192
the impediment of tongues
235
Notes
244
Bibliography
271
Index
293
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