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View the PDF document Extending orientalism to the Pacific : the myth of Tahiti revisited.
Author: Nicole, Robert.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: Discourse analysis, Literary, Functionalism (Linguistics), French literature -- History and criticism , Tahiti -- In literature
Date: 1993.
Call No.: Pac P 302 .5 .N53
BRN: 907288
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Abstract: Tahiti has for a long time been associated with paradise. Western writers have sung the beauty of this island and its inhabitants from the very first contact. The ensuing "myth" of Tahiti has generated thousands of studies of all sorts. Yet, as a body of texts which acquired increasing authority over the subject matter, these studies like the idea of the "myth" itself have tended to mask or ignore the essentially exploitative nature of the relationship between Tahitians and Europeans. Adapting Edward Said's theory of Orientalism, this thesis traces the kinds of discourses which have generated so much power and control over Tahiti, and accounts for the transformations in representations which have taken place up until the present day. The focus of the discussion will be mainly to demonstrate the role played by French literature in the construction, articulation, dissemination and subsequent marginalisation of Tahitians as racial and sexual "Others". As a counter-discourse, the literary responses of Tahitians to their present embattlement are also evaluated and assessed in terms of their success at remythologising "Tahitianness".
View the PDF document "A gender tale" : theorising feminity and masculinity in the novels and plays prescribed for Forms five and six students in Fiji and Samoa
Author: Dutt, Margaret.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: Feminism in literature, Masculinity in literature, Discourse analysis, Literary , English literature -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Fiji, English literature -- Study and teaching (Secondary) -- Samoa
Date: 1999.
Call No.: Pac PN 3401 .D87 1999
BRN: 923410
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Abstract: The representation of female and male subjects within a discourse is often theorised by feminist critics who attempt to identify stereotypical images of femininity and masculinity. When these stereotypes are prevalent in prescribed primary and secondary school literary texts, they have the potential to define, construct and perpetuate gender ideologies. This thesis focuses on an analysis of fifteen novels and plays prescribed for forms five and six students in Fiji and Samoa. It will examine these literary texts for gender stereotyping from a quantitative and qualitative perspective. The qualitative perspective, which forms the bulk of this thesis, focuses on the portrayal/representation of the main protagonists in the context of feminist criticism and theories of masculinity. The analysis reveals that the literature textbooks selected for students in Fiji and Samoa are based largely on patriarchal binary thought and reproduce common ideologies of gender. Although the impact of these stereotypical images cannot be ascertained, it is important to select a quantitative balance of textbooks that acknowledge women and men as authors, subjects and readers. Anti-sexist literature and postcolonial approaches to teaching literature in the Pacific can assist to deconstruct gender stereotypes as we enter a new millennium.
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