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 posh, violent historical past. It introduces the idea that of ‘American Pacificism’, a theoretical framework that pulls 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 strains the ways that primary conceptions of Oceania were entwined within the American mind's eye. at the one hand, the Pacific islands are obvious as monetary and geopolitical ‘stepping stones’, instead of leads to themselves, when at the different they're considered as ends of the earth or ‘cultural limits’, unencumbered through notions of sin, antitheses to the commercial worlds of financial and political modernity. even though, either conceptions vague not just Islander cultures, but in addition cutting edge responses to incursion. The islands in its place emerge with regards to American nationwide identification, as locations for clinical discovery, soul-saving and civilizing missions, manhood-testing event, nuclear trying out and eroticized furloughs among maritime paintings and warfare.



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

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