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New Oceania
Modernisms and Modernities in the Pacific

ISBN 9781032089096
Published June 30, 2021 by Routledge
288 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

  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

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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