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





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ISBN 9780367666453
September 30, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
258 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



Introduction



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



Index

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Biography

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.