112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Oceanic Literatures and Cultures

Session Chair: 
Leanne Day, University of Washington
Session 8: Saturday 3:30-5:00pm
RCC Meeting Room 9


  1. Hannah Swamidoss, Rowlett High School Eastfield College
    C. S. Lewis uses islands as spaces of adventure, danger, and moral displacement linked to empire. This paper examines the roles islands play and historically situates the novel to the British Empire and the canon of children’s literature.
  2. Chris J. Thomas, Indiana University, Bloomington
    Focusing on George Washington Bates' Sandwich Island Notes (1853),this paper will show how mid-nineteenth century travel writers of Polynesia self-reflexively imagined themselves within the world of their Romantic literary predecessors. But while Bates attempts to re-create familiar Hawaiian scenes, his narrative is continually haunted by forboding images of Hawaiian colonalism. 
  3. Vera Jakoby, McDaniel College
    In the incessant streaming of colonial paradise constructions, Tahiti emerges as a space which is not dissimilar to the biblical Garden of Eden myth: the trope of the peaceable kingdom which is ruptured by the mysterious presence of spirit beings and death. This uncanny paradise both mesmerizes and alienates Western audiences and becomes a mirror of the desire of late 19th century Europe for mystical encounters outside the sphere of organized religion.
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