Towards a New Pacific Historiography - Re-imagining 'History' as a Literary Artefact

by Subramani, Anurag
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Subramani, Anurag Towards a New Pacific Historiography - Re-imagining 'History' as a Literary Artefact
Subramani, Anurag - Towards a New Pacific Historiography - Re-imagining 'History' as a Literary Artefact

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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.

Contributors

Author:
Subramani, Anurag

Further information

Biography Artist:
Anurag Subramani teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.
Language:
English
Number of Pages:
168
Media Type:
Softcover
Publisher:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller

Master Data

Product Type:
Paperback book
Package Dimensions:
0.22 x 0.15 x 0.01 m; 0.299 kg
GTIN:
09783639249057
DUIN:
P83RDNOL62N
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