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Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture

Robert Louis Stevenson’s Pacific Impressions

Photography and Travel Writing, 1888–1894

Authors: Manfredi, Carla

  • Looks at Stevenson's unique position of viewing vast upheaval in the Pacific islands, as he and his family witnessed political upheaval, cultural hybridization and decline, and Islander resistance to the 'Scramble for the Pacific'  and documented these events through writing and photography 
  • Situates Stevenson's writing and photography within the history of colonial interactions between Europeans and Islanders
  • Draws on a range of sources including previously unpublished photographs, Stevenson's personal travel diary, and his private correspondence
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About this book

This book tackles photography’s role during Robert Louis Stevenson’s travels throughout the Pacific Island region and is the first study of his family’s previously unpublished photographs. Cutting across disciplinary boundaries, the book integrates photographs with letters, non-fiction, and poetry, and includes much unpublished material. The original readings of photographs and non-fiction highlight Stevenson’s engagement with colonial ideology and reality and advance new arguments about Victorian travel, settlement, and colonialisms in the Pacific. Like the Stevensons, the book moves from the Marquesas to the atolls of the Gilbert Islands in Micronesia; from the Kingdom of Hawai‘i’s political ambitions to Samoan plantations and the Stevensons’ settlement at Vailima. Central to this study is the notion that Pacific history and Pacific Island cultures matter to the interpretation of Stevenson's work, and a rigorous historical and cultural contextualization ensures that local details structure literary and photographic interpretation. The book’s historical grounding is key to its insightful conclusions regarding travel, settlement, photography, and colonialism.

About the authors

Carla Manfredi's research is on Victorian literature, photography, and the history of colonialism in the Pacific Islands. She has published several articles on Stevenson’s Pacific oeuvre.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Stevenson and Early Photography in the Pacific Islands

    Manfredi, Carla

    Pages 1-26

  • “We Savages”: Cannibal Performances in the Marquesas

    Manfredi, Carla

    Pages 27-67

  • “An Extraordinary State of Affairs”: The Hawaiian Embassy to Sāmoa

    Manfredi, Carla

    Pages 69-103

  • “Incongruities of Scale”: Encountering the Atolls of Kiribati

    Manfredi, Carla

    Pages 105-150

  • “Native Movement”: Islanders and the Janet Nicoll

    Manfredi, Carla

    Pages 151-186

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98313-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-98312-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Pacific Impressions
Book Subtitle
Photography and Travel Writing, 1888–1894
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98313-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98313-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98312-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 256
Number of Illustrations
34 b/w illustrations
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