Bookcover of Towards a New Pacific Historiography
Booktitle:

Towards a New Pacific Historiography

Re-imagining 'History' as a Literary Artefact

VDM Verlag Dr. Müller (2010-04-28 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-639-24905-7

ISBN-10:
3639249054
EAN:
9783639249057
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
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.
Publishing house:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Website:
http://www.vdm-verlag.de
By (author) :
Anurag Subramani
Number of pages:
168
Published at:
2010-04-28
Stock:
Available
Category:
Political theory and the history of ideas
Price:
68.00 €
Keywords:
''History'', ''Pacific History'', ''Pacific historiography'', ''Cultural Studies'', ''Metahistory'', ''Pacific Studies'', ''Pacific Literature'', ''History and Fiction''., ''Cultural Studies'', ''History and Fiction''.

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