Remaking Pacific Pasts: History, Memory, and Identity in by Diana Looser

By Diana Looser

because the past due Sixties, drama via Pacific Island playwrights has flourished all through Oceania. even if many Pacific Island cultures have a vast diversity of hugely constructed indigenous functionality forms—including oral narrative, clowning, ritual, dance, and song—scripted drama is a comparatively fresh phenomenon. rising in the course of a interval of region-wide decolonization and indigenous self-determination hobbies, almost all these performs reassert Pacific cultural views and function thoughts in ways in which hire, adapt, and problem the conventions and representations of Western theater.

Drawing jointly discussions in theater and function reviews, historiography, Pacific experiences, and postcolonial reports, Remaking Pacific Pasts bargains the 1st full-length comparative learn of this dynamic and increasing physique of labor. It introduces readers to the sector with an outline of vital works produced through the quarter over the last fifty years, together with performs in English and in French, in addition to in neighborhood vernaculars and lingua francas. The dialogue strains the situations that experience given upward thrust to a specific glossy dramatic culture in every one website and in addition charts routes of theatrical movement and shared creative impacts that experience woven connections past nationwide borders.

This extensive survey contextualizes the extra special case reports that keep on with, which concentrate on how Pacific dramatists, actors, and administrators have used theatrical functionality to significantly interact the Pacific’s colonial and postcolonial histories. Chapters offer shut readings of chosen performs from Hawai`i, Aotearoa/New Zealand, New Caledonia/Kanaky, and Fiji that deal with occasions, figures, and legacies of the region’s turbulent previous: Captain Cook’s encounters, the recent Zealand Wars, missionary touch, the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and the Fiji coups. The e-book explores how, of their remembering and retelling of those pasts, theater artists have interrogated and revised repressive and marginalizing types of historic knowing built via Western colonialism or exclusionary indigenous nationalisms, and feature unfolded new areas for substitute old narratives and methods of understanding. In so doing, those works deal with key problems with id, family tree, illustration, political parity, and social cohesion, encouraging their audiences to think about new percentages for current and destiny motion. This examine emphasizes the contribution of inventive construction to social and political lifestyles within the modern Pacific, demonstrating how neighborhood play construction has labored to facilitate strategies of artistic country development and the development of contemporary neighborhood imaginaries.

Remaking Pacific Pasts makes priceless contributions to Pacific literature, international theater background, Pacific stories, and postcolonial reports. The e-book opens as much as comparative serious dialogue a geopolitical sector that has bought little awareness from theater and function students, extending our figuring out of the shape and serve as of theater in numerous cultural contexts. It enriches current discussions in postcolonial reports in regards to the decolonizing capability of literary and inventive endeavors, and it indicates how theater may possibly functionality as a style of old enquiry and debate, including to discussions approximately ways that Pacific histories will be built, challenged, or recalibrated. for that reason, the e-book stimulates new discussions in Pacific experiences the place theater has, up to now, suffered from a scarcity of severe publicity. rigorously researched and unique in its strategy, Remaking Pacific Pasts will entice students, graduate scholars, and upper-level undergraduate scholars in theater and function experiences and Pacific Islands stories; it is going to even be of curiosity to cultural historians and to experts in cultural stories and postcolonial studies.

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