By Susan Y. Najita
In Decolonizing Cultures within the Pacific, Susan Y. Najita proposes that the annoying historical past of touch and colonization has develop into a vital ability through which indigenous peoples of Oceania are reclaiming their cultures, languages, methods of understanding, and political independence. specifically, she examines how modern writers from Hawai‘i, Samoa, and Aotearoa/New Zealand be mindful, re-tell, and installation this violent heritage of their paintings. As Pacific peoples negotiate their paths in the direction of sovereignty and chart their postcolonial futures, those writers play a useful function in invoking and commenting upon a few of the makes use of of the histories of colonial resistance, permitting themselves and their readers to visualize new futures by means of exorcising the previous. Decolonizing Cultures within the Pacific is a important addition to the fields of Pacific and Postcolonial experiences and likewise contributes to struggles for cultural decolonization in Oceania: modern writers’ severe engagement with colonialism and indigenous tradition, Najita argues, presents a strong software for navigating a decolonized destiny.
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The historical novel has incorporated the narration of historical events and social context by resembling the descriptive and linear forms of official history. More recently, the novel has come to occupy privileged ground for the narration of marginal history. Ethnographic and travel narratives such as Cook’s journals and Melville’s Typee provided the earliest commodified and touristic depictions of the Pacific. The postcolonial novel has foregrounded through parody discourses such as history, anthropology, and the law which have produced the structures of feeling of the nation.
Genealogical and blood quantum definitions lie at the heart of the scandalous Rice v. S. Supreme Court supported the claims of Big Island rancher, Freddie Rice, that Office of Hawaiian Affairs elections violated the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and must therefore be opened to non-Hawaiian candidates and constituency. Tellingly, both majority and dissenting decisions focused on different aspects of the legal definition of Hawaiian—each, however, defined by the moment of western contact, the arrival of James Cook.
Experiments in the novel—such as those by García Márquez and Salman Rushdie, for example—simultaneously trace the emergence of the postcolonial nation even while revealing the nation to be a constructed narrative, authored and consumed, produced and maintained (González Echevarría 1990). But the novel allows for much more than the narration and critique of the nation. It gestures toward forms that refuse and imagine beyond the nation. The Bone People, in inventing a new oral language which is constituted by and constitutive of an alternative mode of lived relations, “de-composes” the novel form, shows it to be obsolete, no longer reflective of the new mode of belonging.
Decolonizing Cultures in the Pacific: Reading History and Trauma in Contemporary Fiction by Susan Y. Najita