Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin, and: Storied Landscapes: Hawaiian Literature and Place (review)

Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin, and: Storied Landscapes:... book reviews graph on contemporary Pacific media that treats the region as one large mediated space. While the gaps in the study are apparent, they also point toward numerous follow-up studies, including those that pay ethnographic attention to social practices around media production and reception. Seward provides productive schemas, such as his insistence on the importance of sound to Pacific communities. I can see other researchers picking up where Seward leaves off: to studies that address the intertextuality of radio news broadcasting and oral storytelling; the diverse social spaces where radio is consumed in urban and rural Pacific communities; or developing web technologies that are helping to connect Islanders and diasporic communities. United States. In lesser hermeneutic hands, this book could easily have the feel and reach of a "round up the usual suspects" text, but it is much more important than that. Edmond pushes the white mythology of Euroamerican representation to some end point of complexity and subtle selfundermining. At many points (especially in the introduction and epilogue), he acknowledges the limits of working inside this very "colonial discourse" frame as inadequate to represent or approach Native Pacific voices and views of Oceania. For Edmond, however, there http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse from Cook to Gauguin, and: Storied Landscapes: Hawaiian Literature and Place (review)

The Contemporary Pacific, Volume 13 (2) – Jul 1, 2001

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book reviews graph on contemporary Pacific media that treats the region as one large mediated space. While the gaps in the study are apparent, they also point toward numerous follow-up studies, including those that pay ethnographic attention to social practices around media production and reception. Seward provides productive schemas, such as his insistence on the importance of sound to Pacific communities. I can see other researchers picking up where Seward leaves off: to studies that address the intertextuality of radio news broadcasting and oral storytelling; the diverse social spaces where radio is consumed in urban and rural Pacific communities; or developing web technologies that are helping to connect Islanders and diasporic communities. United States. In lesser hermeneutic hands, this book could easily have the feel and reach of a "round up the usual suspects" text, but it is much more important than that. Edmond pushes the white mythology of Euroamerican representation to some end point of complexity and subtle selfundermining. At many points (especially in the introduction and epilogue), he acknowledges the limits of working inside this very "colonial discourse" frame as inadequate to represent or approach Native Pacific voices and views of Oceania. For Edmond, however, there

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