The Word, the Pen, and the Pistol: Literature and Power in Tahiti

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SUNY Press, 2001 - History - 230 pages
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The Word, The Pen, and the Pistol explores the relationships between history, power, knowledge, and certain cultural productions such as literature in colonial and postcolonial contexts. Borrowing from the theoretical works of Michel Foucault and Edward Said, the book reveals in the French colonial territory of French Polynesia the complicit relationship between imperialism and colonial texts, between the image of Tahiti as "paradise on earth" and other instruments of management, and between discourses such as the "Noble Savage" and various technologies of discipline and ordering.
  

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Contents

Chapter Two Tracing the Myth of Tahiti
15
Actualizing Tahiti
35
Chapter Five Dreamers and Pilgrims
99
Chapter Six DeRegulating the Myth
141
Chapter Seven Toward a Literature of Liberation
167
Notes
203
Bibliography
209
Index
225
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Robert Nicole is Lecturer in History/Politics at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji.

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