1st Edition

New Oceania Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific

Edited By Matthew Hayward, Maebh Long Copyright 2020
    288 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    For so long figured in European discourses as the antithesis of modernity, the Pacific Islands have remained all but absent from the modernist studies’ critical map. Yet, as the chapters of New Oceania: Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific collectively show, Pacific artists and writers have been as creatively engaged in the construction and representation of modernity as any of their global counterparts. In the second half of the twentieth century, driving a still ongoing process of decolonisation, Pacific Islanders forged an extraordinary cultural and artistic movement. Integrating Indigenous aesthetics, forms, and techniques with a range of other influences — realist novels, avant-garde poetry, anti-colonial discourse, biblical verse, Indian mythology, American television, Bollywood film — Pacific artists developed new creative registers to express the complexity of the region’s transnational modernities. New Oceania presents the first sustained account of the modernist dimensions of this period, while presenting timely reflections on the ideological and methodological limitations of the global modernism rubric. Breaking new critical ground, it brings together scholars from a range of backgrounds to demonstrate the relevance of modernism for Pacific scholars, and the relevance of Pacific literature for modernist scholars.

    1. ‘The Space Between’: Oceanian Literature and Modernist Studies

    2. Maebh Long and Matthew Hayward

    3. ‘Kidnapped by a Band of Western Philosophers’: Modernism and Modernity in Oceania

    4. Sudesh Mishra

    5. ATOMic Modern: Pacific Women’s Modernities and the Writing of Nuclear Resistance

    6. Julia A. Boyd

    7. No Ordinary Modernism: Hone Tuwhare’s First Book of Verse

    8. Paul Sharrad

    9. ‘Our Own Identity’: Albert Wendt, James Joyce, and the Indigenisation of Influence

    10. Matthew Hayward

    11. Mapping Modernity in Guam: The Unincorporated Ecologies of Craig Santos Perez’s Poetics

    12. Bonnie Etherington

    13. Africana Calls, Pasifika Responses: Ellison’s Invisible Man, Soaba’s Wanpis, and Oceanian Literary Modernism

    14. Paul Lyons

    15. Oceanian Modernism and the Little Magazine

    16. Maebh Long

    17. ‘[Modernism] in Māori life’: Te Ao Hou

    18. Alice Te Punga Somerville

    19. Emergent Modernities in Pacific Theatre: Nina Nawalowalo and The Conch

    20. David O’Donnell

    21. Diving-Dress Gods: Modernism, Cargoism, and the Fale Aitu Tradition in John Kneubuhl’s ‘The Perils of Penrose’

    22. Stanley Orr

    23. Oceanian Knowing and Decolonial Love in Sia Figiel’s Freelove

    24. Juniper Ellis

    25. On Memory and Modernism: Sudesh Mishra’s Oceania

    26. John O’Carroll

    27. Oceania, the Planetary, and the New Modernist Studies: A Coda

    Susan Stanford Friedman


    Maebh Long is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato, Aotearoa/New Zealand

    Matthew Hayward is Senior Lecturer in Literature at the University of the South Pacific