Unsettled Narratives

Unsettled Narratives The Pacific Writings of Stevenson, Ellis, Melville and London DAVID (UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER, UK) Farrier

In the nineteenth-century Pacific, the production of a text of encounter occurred in tandem with the production of a settled space; asserting settler presence through the control of the space and the context of the encounter. Indigenous resistance therefore took place through modes of representation that `unsettled' the text. This book considers the work of four Western visitors to the Pacific-Robert Louis Stevenson, William Ellis, Herman Melville, and Jack London-and the consequences for the written text and the experience of cross-cultural encounter when encounter is reduced to writing. The study proposes a strong connection between settling and writing as assertions of presence, and, by engaging a metaphor of building dwellings and building texts, the study examines how each writer manipulates the process of text creation to assert a dominant presence over and against the indigenous presence, which is represented as threatening, and extra-textual.
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Specificaties

ISBN
9781138813939
Uitgever
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Druk
1e
Datum
10-11-2014
Taal
Engels
Bladzijden
256 pp.
Bindwijze
Paperback
Genre
Literatuurwetenschap

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