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South Seas Encounters
Nineteenth-Century Oceania, Britain, and America

ISBN 9780367666453
Published September 30, 2020 by Routledge
268 Pages

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Book Description

South Seas Encounters examines several key types of encounters between the many-faceted worlds of Oceania, Britain and the United States in the formative nineteenth century. The eleven essays collected in this volume focus not only on the effect of the two powerful, industrialized colonial powers on the cultures of the Pacific, but the effect of those cultures on the Western cultural perceptions of themselves and the wider world, including understanding encounters and exchanges in ways which do not underemphasize the agency and consequences for all participating parties. The essays also provide insights into the causes, unfolding, and consequences for both sides of a series of significant ethnographic, political, cultural, scientific, educational, and social encounters.

This volume makes a significant contribution to increasing scholarly interest in Oceania’s place in British and American nineteenth-century cultural experiences. South Seas Encounters investigates these significant interactions and how they changed the ways that Oceanic, British, and American cultures reflected on themselves and their place in the wider world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations

Part One: Ethnographic Encounters

Chapter One: "The Natives Have a Decided Feeling for Form:" A. C. Haddon, the Torres Strait(s) Expedition, and the Question of Primitive Art

Amy Woodson-Boulton, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles

Chapter Two: Macabre Encounters: Poisoned Arrows and Poisoned Ethnographies from Victorian Melanesia

Jane Samson, University of Alberta

Part Two: Hawai`i and the British Empire

Chapter Three: A Meeting of "Sister Sovereigns:" Hawaiian Royalty at Victoria’s Golden Jubilee

Lindsay Puawehiwa Wilhelm, University of California, Los Angeles

Chapter Four: At Home with the Victorians? The Kingdom of Hawai`i at the London Fisheries Exhibition, 1883

Peter H. Hoffenberg, University of Hawai`i, Manoa

Chapter Five: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Grass Hut in Hawai`i

Richard J. Hill, Chaminade University

Chapter Six: Lad O’ Pairts in Paradise: A Scottish Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Kingdom of Hawai`i

Bud (Duane) Clark, University of Hawai`i, Maui College

Part Three: Hawai`i and the American Republic

Chapter Seven: Ernest Hogan’s Colored All-Stars Minstrel Show: A case of racial discrimination in the Republic of Hawai`i

Allison Paynter, Chaminade University

Chapter Eight: Emancipation, Education and Hampton’s Southern Workman: Hawai’i, the Reconstruction South and Indian Territory

Teresa Zackodnik, University of Alberta

Part Four: Science Encounters

Chapter Nine: The Malay Archipelago and the Poetics of Nature

Alexis Harley, La Trobe University

Chapter Ten: Constance Gordon-Cumming and the Boring Volcano: Victorian Conceptions of Kilauea

Kent Linthicum, Oklahoma State University

Chapter Eleven: Nineteenth-Century Cultural and Geohistorical Interpretations of Kilauea

Philip K. Wilson, Retired History Department Chair, Current Bookstore Proprietor

Brief Biographies of Contributors


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Richard Fulton earned his Ph.D. in English from Washington State University in 1975; his dissertation focused on periodical criticism of poetry in the 1870s. He is now a retired Academic Vice President, former President of both the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals and VISAWUS, former editor of VPR, and continuing Victorian scholar working on Victorian childhood and the late Victorian military. He is author of some one hundred articles and reviews on Victorian Studies topics; in 2013 he collaborated with Peter Hoffenberg in editing Oceania and the Victorian Imagination: Where all things are possible. He is currently working on a book examining the culture of boyhood in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.