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Apotheosis of Captain Cook European Mythmaking in the Pacific

ISBN-10: 0691057524
ISBN-13: 9780691057521
Edition: 2nd 1992 (Revised)
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Description: Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages. Using shipboard journals and logs kept by Captain James Cook and his officers,  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 12/14/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034

Here Gananath Obeyesekere debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages. Using shipboard journals and logs kept by Captain James Cook and his officers, Obeyesekere reveals the captain as both the self-conscious civilizer and as the person who, his mission gone awry, becomes a "savage" himself. In this new edition ofThe Apotheosis of Captain Cook, the author addresses, in a lengthy afterword, Marshall Sahlins's 1994 book,How "Natives" Think, which was a direct response to this work.

List of Illustrations
Preface
Captain Cook and the European Imagination
Myth Models
Improvisation Rationality and Savage Thought
The Third Coming: A Flashback to the South Seas
The Visit to Tahiti and the Destruction of Eimeo
The Discovery of Hawaii
The Thesis of the Apotheosis
Further Objections to the Apotheosis: Maculate Perceptions and Cultural Conceptions
Anthropology and Pseudo-History
Politics and the Apotheosis: A Hawaiian Perspective
The Other Lono: Omiah, the Dalai Lama of the Hawaiians
Cook, Lono, and the Makahiki Festival
The Narrative Resumed: The Last Days
The Death of Cook: British and Hawaiian Versions
Language Games and the European Apotheosis of James Cook
The Humanist Myth in New Zealand History
The Resurrection and Return of James Cook
The Versions of the Apotheosis in the Traditions of Sea Voyagers
Cook, Fornication, and Evil: The Myth of the Missionaries
On Native Histories: Myth, Debate, and Contentious Discourse
Monterey Melons; or, A Native's Reflection on the Topic of Tropical Tropes
Myth Models in Anthropological Narrative
The Mourning and the Aftermath
The Destruction of Hikiau and the Death of William Watman
Kalii and the Divinity of Kings
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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