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Towards a new Pacific historiography: Re-Imagining 'History' as a literary artefact

Subramani, Anurag (2010) Towards a new Pacific historiography: Re-Imagining 'History' as a literary artefact. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, Germany. ISBN ISBN-13: 978-3-639-24905-7; ISBN-10: 3639249054

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Abstract

Towards a New Pacific Historiography argues for a re-imagining of Pacific History using the idea of cultural theorist Hayden White that the historical text is a literary artefact. The book discusses the institutionalisation of Pacific History largely through the efforts of J. W. Davison. It also engages in a scrutiny of several Pacific History texts, evaluating the merits and demerits of these texts as literary artefacts. The book contends that the Western academic discipline of History has created a privileged space for itself by marginalising other forms of historical knowledge and that many Pacific historians continue to use sources and methodologies that are of European origin, and profess a world-view that is blatantly Western. The consequence of all this is that Pacific historiography has become a methodologically and stylistically reactionary discipline. The author suggests that only the re-imagining of Pacific History will allow the discipline to make a worthwhile contribution to new Pacific epistemologies; the program to re-imagine ‘History’ could come from the way postcolonial theorists and creative authors have transformed English Literature and the English language.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DU Oceania (South Seas)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Anurag Subramani
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 09:27
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 11:00
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/5987
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