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Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania (review)

Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania (review) book and media reviews order to satisfy the taste of each and every Pacific expert. One needs to keep in mind that the author hardly seeks to appeal to an audience of specialists. Rather, Lansdown presents us with a work aimed at Pacific neophytes and as such it is immensely satisfying. While experts might want to keep the volume on their bookshelves as a reference work for prominent quotes uttered and written by Western observers on the Pacific, Strangers in the South Seas will ultimately find application in the classroom setting. In particular, the present work is most useful to burgeoning history and literature classes on the Pacific Ocean. The author's nine sections allow for easy inclusion in the instructional activity of additional sources, such as the missing indigenous voices. Likewise, the wealth of illustrations, thirty in all, enables class discussions to move beyond the textual document. In its attractively priced paperback edition, Strangers in the South Seas is destined to find a permanent place in Pacific instruction for some time to come. Castro responded by curating her own shows of diasporic Oceanic art. Castro's latest curatorial effort is "Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania," highlighting the work http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 20 (1) – Feb 11, 2007

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

book and media reviews order to satisfy the taste of each and every Pacific expert. One needs to keep in mind that the author hardly seeks to appeal to an audience of specialists. Rather, Lansdown presents us with a work aimed at Pacific neophytes and as such it is immensely satisfying. While experts might want to keep the volume on their bookshelves as a reference work for prominent quotes uttered and written by Western observers on the Pacific, Strangers in the South Seas will ultimately find application in the classroom setting. In particular, the present work is most useful to burgeoning history and literature classes on the Pacific Ocean. The author's nine sections allow for easy inclusion in the instructional activity of additional sources, such as the missing indigenous voices. Likewise, the wealth of illustrations, thirty in all, enables class discussions to move beyond the textual document. In its attractively priced paperback edition, Strangers in the South Seas is destined to find a permanent place in Pacific instruction for some time to come. Castro responded by curating her own shows of diasporic Oceanic art. Castro's latest curatorial effort is "Island Affinities: Contemporary Art of Oceania," highlighting the work

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Feb 11, 2007

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