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Dark Paradise: Pacific Islands in the Nineteenth-Century British Imagination

Jennifer Fuller

Abstract

The discovery of the Pacific islands amplified the qualities of mystery and exoticism already associated with “foreign” islands. Their “savage” peoples, their isolation, and their sheer beauty fascinated British visitors. This monograph examines British depictions of the smaller islands of the Pacific across the long nineteenth century and argues that while the British originally believed the islands to be commercial paradises or perfect sites for missionary endeavours, as the century progressed their optimistic vision transformed to portray darker realities. The books argues that these island ... More

Keywords: Pacific, South Seas, Oceania, British literature, Joseph Conrad, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Darwin, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474413848
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413848.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Fuller, author
Idaho State University