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Pacific Performances: Theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas (review)

Pacific Performances: Theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas (review) 184 the contemporary pacifi c • 21:1 (2009) Pacifi c Performances: Theatricality especially useful, he argues, because of and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the “remarkably persistent and recurring South Seas, by Christopher B Balme. patterns of perception and represen- New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. tation” by colonizers of indigenous isbn 978-1-4039-8598-9, xiv + 256 peoples (xii–xiii). In short, beyond pages, fi gures, illustrations, photo- urging more academic attention to the graphs, notes, bibliography, index. performing arts, he provides a differ- Cloth, us$80.00. ent paradigm for investigating colonial relations, one that recognizes the self- In Pacifi c Performances: Theatrical- conscious manipulation of representa- ity and Cross-Cultural Encounter in tions by both colonizers and colonized the South Seas, theater historian and in an active contestation over the theorist Christopher B Balme offers deployment of meanings. not just an investigation of theatrical Starting with an oft-told moment events depicting colonial encounters, of Dutch navigator Abel Tasman’s but also a wider paradigm of the encounter with indigenous Mäori theatricality of cultural encounters in inhabitants in Aotearoa, Balme notes colonial contexts more broadly. This the importance of performative approach offers a useful intervention exchanges. In European reports of in and addition to scholarship in colo- http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Pacific Performances: Theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 21 (1) – Feb 11, 2009

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Abstract

184 the contemporary pacifi c • 21:1 (2009) Pacifi c Performances: Theatricality especially useful, he argues, because of and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the “remarkably persistent and recurring South Seas, by Christopher B Balme. patterns of perception and represen- New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. tation” by colonizers of indigenous isbn 978-1-4039-8598-9, xiv + 256 peoples (xii–xiii). In short, beyond pages, fi gures, illustrations, photo- urging more academic attention to the graphs, notes, bibliography, index. performing arts, he provides a differ- Cloth, us$80.00. ent paradigm for investigating colonial relations, one that recognizes the self- In Pacifi c Performances: Theatrical- conscious manipulation of representa- ity and Cross-Cultural Encounter in tions by both colonizers and colonized the South Seas, theater historian and in an active contestation over the theorist Christopher B Balme offers deployment of meanings. not just an investigation of theatrical Starting with an oft-told moment events depicting colonial encounters, of Dutch navigator Abel Tasman’s but also a wider paradigm of the encounter with indigenous Mäori theatricality of cultural encounters in inhabitants in Aotearoa, Balme notes colonial contexts more broadly. This the importance of performative approach offers a useful intervention exchanges. In European reports of in and addition to scholarship in colo-

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Published: Feb 11, 2009

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