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Title "Whole oceans away" : Melville and the Pacific / edited by Jill Barnum, Wyn Kelley, and Christopher Sten
Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [2007]
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Summary Essays on Melville and the culture of the Pacific"Like the young Melville, those who imagine Polynesia from the perspective of Europe or North America tend to envision a tropical garden set in a shining sea. But the Pacific experienced by a runaway American sailor in an earlier century presents a different picture, and the Pacifi c experienced by indigenous peoples of today a different one yet."--The IntroductionHerman Melville had a lifelong fascination with the Pacific and with the diverse island cultures that dotted this vast ocean. The essays in this collection articulate the intersection of Western and Pacific perspectives in Melville's work, from his early writings based on ocean voyages and encounters in the Pacific to Western modes of thought in relation to race and national identity. These essays interrogate familiar themes of Western colonialism while introducing fresh insights, including Melville's use of Pacific cartography, the art of tattooing, and his interest in evolutionary science. Using a variety of methodologies and approaches--postcolonial theory, cultural studies, linguistics, performance theory--"Whole Oceans Away" offers a valuable body of criticism for students of nineteenth-century American literature and history, cultural studies, and Pacific Rim studies
Notes Based on papers presented at the Fourth International Melville Society Conference held in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on June 3-7, 2003
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 321-338) and index
Notes Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002. MiAaHDL
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Subject Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Travel -- Oceania.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Sea stories, American -- History and criticism.
Oceania -- Description and travel.
Oceania -- In literature.
Genre/Form Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Barnum, Jill, 1947-2006.
Kelley, Wyn.
Sten, Christopher, 1944-
Melville Society.
LC no. 2006038551
ISBN 1631010166 (electronic bk.)
1631010174 (e-book)
9781631010163 (electronic bk.)
9781631010170 (e-book)