464 the contemporary pacific • 18:2 (2006) related to a narcissism that indexes a New Zealand publishers, this canon- “widespread socio-cultural malaise” solidifying book—with its extensive (177). bibliography—seems primed to be a The above sketch cannot do justice useful supplement to Paciﬁc literature to the complexities of Keown’s argu- syllabi. In these senses, Postcolonial ments, but hopefully it raises ques- Paciﬁc Writing makes a signiﬁcant tions about methodology that come contribution to a potentially wider up when assessing postcolonial conversation about Paciﬁc literatures Paciﬁc writing and Postcolonial that has, most notably among Paciﬁc Paciﬁc Writing. While Keown simply writers and scholars themselves, touches on such questions by suggest- remained understandably wary about ing that not being open to theorizing how and on what terms to proceed. “from the outside in” threatens paul lyons “theoretical insularity,” her critical University of Hawai‘i, Mänoa position is clearly embodied in a prac- tice described as itself an examination *** of how postcolonial theories “may be deployed productively . . . without Tu: A Novel, by Patricia Grace. compromising the necessary attendant Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i focus upon local social-economic and Press, 2004. isbn 0-8248-2927-1; cultural factors” (195). Likewise, 287 pages, author’s notes. us$16.00.
The Contemporary Pacific – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Jul 27, 2006