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Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence (review)

Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence (review) the contemporary pacific · 23:1 (2011) helpful introduction, the collection includes ten essays that range in geographical focus from Tonga to Vanuatu to Papua New Guinea and Australia. Some, such as Jolly's, attempt to get at the nuances of meetings between Europeans and Pacific Islanders by critically reexamining well-known explorer journals and artistic imaginings. In particular, Jolly looks at the explorations of Vanuatu by Quirós, Bougainville, and Cook in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and highlights the profound shift in the ways these Europeans related to and imagined the other. Similarly, in her essay on the scientific voyage of d'Entrecateaux at the end of the eighteenth-century, Bronwen Douglas peels apart layers of European writing to analyze the ways in which the actions and bodies of Pacific Islanders penetrated writings and artistic efforts of European explorers in the form of "countersigns." Despite being cloaked in the ethnocentric nature of European writing, these countersigns can be identified through careful historical analysis; Douglas convincingly maintains that these "indigenous countersigns . . . remain key building blocks for the construction of modern ethnohistorical narratives" (193). The collection also attempts to address both sides of Dening's beach by looking at Pacific Islander sources http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 23 (1) – Mar 26, 2011

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the contemporary pacific · 23:1 (2011) helpful introduction, the collection includes ten essays that range in geographical focus from Tonga to Vanuatu to Papua New Guinea and Australia. Some, such as Jolly's, attempt to get at the nuances of meetings between Europeans and Pacific Islanders by critically reexamining well-known explorer journals and artistic imaginings. In particular, Jolly looks at the explorations of Vanuatu by Quirós, Bougainville, and Cook in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and highlights the profound shift in the ways these Europeans related to and imagined the other. Similarly, in her essay on the scientific voyage of d'Entrecateaux at the end of the eighteenth-century, Bronwen Douglas peels apart layers of European writing to analyze the ways in which the actions and bodies of Pacific Islanders penetrated writings and artistic efforts of European explorers in the form of "countersigns." Despite being cloaked in the ethnocentric nature of European writing, these countersigns can be identified through careful historical analysis; Douglas convincingly maintains that these "indigenous countersigns . . . remain key building blocks for the construction of modern ethnohistorical narratives" (193). The collection also attempts to address both sides of Dening's beach by looking at Pacific Islander sources

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Published: Mar 26, 2011

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