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The South Seas : a reception history from Daniel Defoe to Dorothy Lamour

Author: Sean Brawley; Chris Dixon
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2015]
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The South Seas charts the idea of the South Seas in popular cultural productions of the English-speaking world, from the beginnings of the Western enterprise in the Pacific until the eve of the Pacific War. Building on the notion that the influences on the creation of a text, and the ways in which its audience receives the text, are essential for understanding the historical significance of particular productions,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sean Brawley; Chris Dixon
ISBN: 9780739193358 073919335X
OCLC Number: 900180165
Description: xvii, 299 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Beginnings: Defoe, Dampier, and Discovery --
America's South Seas --
Herman Melville's Pacific Imaginings --
San Francisco, Art, and Robert Louis Stevenson --
Finding New Guinea --
The Colonial Endeavor and Australia's South Seas --
The Fair, the Stage, and the Song --
The Great War and the Lost Generation --
A South Seas Education: Platform Speakers, National Geographic, and Margaret Mead --
South Seas Tourism --
Hollywood Encounters the South Seas --
Cinematic Escapes: The South Seas Adventure Film --
HMAV Bounty and the Great Depression --
Pardon My Sarong: The Arrival of Dorothy Lamour --
Conclusion: The South Seas and Tides of Favor.
Responsibility: Sean Brawley and Chris Dixon.

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The South Seas is an innovative work of cultural history, tracing the ways in which the idea of "the South Seas" has been understood and transmitted through Western culture since the eighteenth  Read more...

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The literature on representation of Pacific Island societies, their cultures, and the history of Western contacts with them is extensive. This scholarship has been produced largely by historians, Read more...

 
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