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Week 13. The Male Gaze: Sexuality and the Exotic in Pacific Voyaging

Core Readings

Carol E. Harrison, 'Replotting the Ethnographic Romance: Revolutionary Frenchmen in the Pacific, 1768–1804', Journal of the History of Sexuality 21.1 (2012), pp. 39-59. Link.

David Igler, The Great Ocean: Pacific Worlds from Captain Cook to the Gold Rush (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), Ch. 2:''Disease, Sex, and Indigenous Depopulation', pp. 43-71. Link.

Lee Wallace, Sexual Encounters: Pacific Texts, Modern Sexualities (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2003), Ch. 2: 'Sexual Encounter In Hawaii On Cook's Third Voyage', pp. 38-56. Link.

Roy Porter, 'The Exotic as Erotic: Captain Cook at Hahiti', in: G.S. Rousseau and Roy Porter (eds.), Exoticism in the Enlightenment (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1989), pp. 117-144. Link.

Further Reading

Calder, Alex, Jonathan Lamb and Bridget Orr (eds.), Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769-1840 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1999). Link.

Festa, Lynn, 'Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Tahitian Jouissance', Romance Quarterly 54.4 (2007), pp. 303-325.

Lansdown, Richard (ed.), Strangers in the South Seas: The Idea of the Pacific in Western Thought (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006). Link. [primary source excerpts].

Martin, Andy, 'The Enlightenment in Paradise: Bougainville, Tahiti, and the Duty of Desire', Eighteenth-Century Studies 41.2 (2008), pp. 203-216. Link.

Morgan, Jennifer L.,'"Some Could Suckle over Their Shoulder": Male Travelers, Female Bodies, and the Gendering of Racial Ideology, 1500-1770', William and Mary Quarterly 54.1 (1997), pp. 167-192. Link.

Munro, Doug, and Brij V. Lal (eds.), Texts and Contexts: Reflections in Pacific Islands Historiography (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2005). Link.

Tcherkézoff, Serge, First Contacts in Polynesia: The Samoan Case (1722-1848) Western Misunderstandings about Sexuality and Divinity (Canberra: ANU Press, 2008). Link.

Tcherkézoff, Serge, 'A Reconsideration of the Role of Polynesian Women in Early Encounters with Europeans: Supplement to Marshall Sahlins′ Voyage around the Islands of History', in: Margaret Jolly, Serge Tcherkézof, and Darrell Tyron (eds.), Oceanic Encounters: Exchange, Desire, Violence (Canberra: ANU Press, 2009), pp. 113-160. Link.