American Pacificism: Oceania in the U.S. Imagination by Paul Lyons

By Paul Lyons

This provocative research and critique of yank representations of Oceania and Oceanians from the 19th century to the current, argues that imperial fantasies have glossed over a fancy, violent historical past. It introduces the concept that of ‘American Pacificism’, a theoretical framework that attracts on modern theories of friendship, hospitality and tourism to refigure verified debates round ‘orientalism’ for an Oceanian context.

Paul Lyons explores American-Islander family members and lines the ways that basic conceptions of Oceania were entwined within the American mind's eye. at the one hand, the Pacific islands are obvious as fiscal and geopolitical ‘stepping stones’, instead of leads to themselves, while at the different they're seen as ends of the earth or ‘cultural limits’, unencumbered via notions of sin, antitheses to the economic worlds of monetary and political modernity. besides the fact that, either conceptions imprecise not just Islander cultures, but in addition cutting edge responses to incursion. The islands as a substitute emerge with regards to American nationwide id, as locations for clinical discovery, soul-saving and civilizing missions, manhood-testing experience, nuclear checking out and eroticized furloughs among maritime paintings and warfare.

Ranging from first touch and the colonial archive via to postcolonialism and worldwide tourism, this thought-provoking quantity attracts upon a large, worthwhile number of literary works, historic and cultural scholarship, govt files and vacationer literature.

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