Discourses of Imperialism in the Pacific
The Anglo-American Encounter
Edited by Michelle Keown, Andrew Taylor, Mandy Treagus
Routledge – 2014 – 208 pages
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.
1. Introduction Michelle Keown, Andrew Taylor and Mandy Treagus Part I: From Missionising to Militourism: Anglo-American Military and Religious Imperialism in Pacific Literature 2. War and Redemption: Militarism, Religion and Anticolonialism in Pacific literature Michelle Keown 3. James Michener and Colonial Cosmopolitanism Andrew Taylor 4. Indigenous Responses to US and British Military Imperialism in the Pacific: The Poetry and Prose of Sia Figiel and Joseph Veramu Teresia Teaiwa Part II: Transatlantic Trajectories in Pacific Film, Photography and the Visual Arts 5. ‘It’s Raining in Pago’: Romance, Race, and Religion in the Film Adaptations of W. Somerset Maugham’s ‘Rain’ Mandy Treagus 6. Pacific Tourism, Kodachrome, and the World Picture Jeff Geiger 7: For All New Arrivals: John Pule on Imperialism’s Lives and Legacies Nicholas Thomas Part III: Cross-Cultural Alliances and Tensions in Pacific Discourse 8: Native-Settler Collaboration, Imperial Anglo-Americanism, and the Perpetuation of Oceanian Knowledges in Territorial Hawaii, 1900-1957 Paul Lyons 9: Cowboys and Coconuts: Robert Dean Frisbie in the Colonial Pacific Paul Sharrad 10. Annexation and the Environment: Reanimating ‘Āina in the Work of Keola Beamer and Michael McPherson Susan Y. Najita
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 Head of English at the University of Adelaide, Australia.