book and media reviews introductory essay to each section would also have aided in drawing connections between the essays by identifying common issues or differing approaches to a subject. Allen lists the various subjects addressed by the contributors in her introduction but could have pushed these brief descriptions and broad themes ("identity," "authenticity," "recycling") into analytical frames that explore common and contested ground with more specificity and depth. She makes a determined effort to conceptually stitch together the chapters, but frequent references to "recycled traditions" and the relationships between past and present artistic practices are sometimes forced and tenuous. This is not to overly fault the editor, as there are significant challenges in transforming conference proceedings consisting of wide-ranging scholarship into an organized edited volume. Overall, each author makes a welcome contribution to the vast terrain and historically broad field of Oceanic art scholarship. The volume is appreciated, as scholarly books on Pacific arts are not commonly published. Accessibility to researchers, students, and the general public is key to the field. Unfortunately, the high cost of this modest, though amply illustrated, book is rather prohibitive for those with limited budgets. Don't Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 27, 2016
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