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Conversations: Occassional Writing from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (review)

Conversations: Occassional Writing from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (review) the contemporary pacific · 17:1 (2005) illustrated, and varied in its offerings, which are divided into five sections: poetry (Brij V Lal, Ruth SaovanaSpriggs, Roland Leach); a collaborative "artist's book" ( Jan Brown and Ian Templeman, with an introduction by Dianne Fogwell); an appreciative essay on the Donald Friend diaries as self-consciously literary (Paul Hetherington), which includes facsimiles of line and ink drawings from the diaries; fiction ( Jan Borrie); and autobiography (Roderic Lacey, Marsali Mackinnon, John Thompson, and Brij V Lal). What joins these works, if any generalization can hold, is a sense of measured emotional engagement of issues of location and dislocation, most notably in the settler's relation to place and history. The poetry section suggests the liberal scope, or catholicity, with which the region is being conversed about in the journal, bringing together Lal's "Fare Well" to the Fiji of his youth (a dual assertion of love of birthplace and culture and commitment to Fiji's faring well, expressed through memories at parting); Saovana-Spriggs's heartfelt complaint about cultural "ambush" by greedy and repressive governmental policies toward the poor in Bougainville; and Leach's evocation of the displacements of violent history in Peru and the uncanny, durable ruggedness http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Conversations: Occassional Writing from the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 17 (1) – Jan 27, 2005

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the contemporary pacific · 17:1 (2005) illustrated, and varied in its offerings, which are divided into five sections: poetry (Brij V Lal, Ruth SaovanaSpriggs, Roland Leach); a collaborative "artist's book" ( Jan Brown and Ian Templeman, with an introduction by Dianne Fogwell); an appreciative essay on the Donald Friend diaries as self-consciously literary (Paul Hetherington), which includes facsimiles of line and ink drawings from the diaries; fiction ( Jan Borrie); and autobiography (Roderic Lacey, Marsali Mackinnon, John Thompson, and Brij V Lal). What joins these works, if any generalization can hold, is a sense of measured emotional engagement of issues of location and dislocation, most notably in the settler's relation to place and history. The poetry section suggests the liberal scope, or catholicity, with which the region is being conversed about in the journal, bringing together Lal's "Fare Well" to the Fiji of his youth (a dual assertion of love of birthplace and culture and commitment to Fiji's faring well, expressed through memories at parting); Saovana-Spriggs's heartfelt complaint about cultural "ambush" by greedy and repressive governmental policies toward the poor in Bougainville; and Leach's evocation of the displacements of violent history in Peru and the uncanny, durable ruggedness

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Published: Jan 27, 2005

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