This interdisciplinary collection explores the confluence of American and British (neo)imperalism in the Pacific, as represented in various forms of Pacific discourse including literature, ethnography, film, painting, autobiography, journalism, and environmental discourse. It investigates the alliances and rivalries between these two colonial powers during the crucial transition period of the early-to-mid twentieth century, also exploring indigenous Pacific responses to Anglo-American imperialism during and beyond the decolonization period of the late twentieth century. While the relationship between Britain and the US has been analyzed through prominent forms of economic and cultural exchange between Europe, Africa, and the Americas, there is to date no sustained study of the relationship between British and US colonial expansion into the Pacific, which became central to ideas of developing ‘European’ modernity in the late eighteenth century and has played a pivotal in the history of Anglo-American colonialism, from the establishment of plantation economies and settler colonies in the nineteenth century to various forms of military imperialism during and beyond the twentieth century. The wide range of discursive and expressive modes explored in this collection makes for a rich and multifaceted analysis of representations of, and responses to, Anglo-American imperialism, and is in keeping with the current interdisciplinary turn in postcolonial studies.
Table of Contents
List of figures
Foreword: Making and Unmaking the Anglo-American Pacific
MICHELLE KEOWN, ANDREW TAYLOR AND MANDY TREAGUS
Military, Religious and Cultural Imperialism in Pacific Literature
1 War and Redemption: Militarism, Religion and Anticolonialism in Pacific Literature
2 Reading Imperialism in the Pacific: The Prose of Joseph Veramu and the Poetry of Sia Figiel
3 Slow Walking, Fast Talking: PI Poetry and Imperialisms
SELINA TUSITALA MARSH
Transatlantic Trajectories in Pacific film, photography and the visual arts
4 It’s Raining in Pago: The Body, Religion and Race in W. Somerset Maugham’s ‘Rain’ and its Film Adaptations
5 The Voyager’s Sublime: Kodachrome and Pacific Tourism
6 Culture and Imperialism: John Pule’s Painting, 1990-2010
Cross-cultural Alliances and Tensions in Pacific Discourse
7 Lunchtime at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum: Notes on Working Friendships among Natives and Non-Natives and Imperial Anglo-Americanism in Territorial Hawai‘i (1900-1959)
8 Cowboys and Coconuts: Robert Dean Frisbie in the Colonial Pacific
9 Annexation and the Environment: Writing, Reading, Reanimating ‘Āina
Afterword: In Memoriam Teresia Teaiwa (1968-2017)
MICHELLE KEOWN AND MANDY TREAGUS
Notes on Contributors
Michelle Keown is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Andrew Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Mandy Treagus is Associate Professor in English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, Australia.