The Man-Eating Myth and Human Sacrifice in the South Seas
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of California Press
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Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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List of Illustrations
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List of Abbreviations
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Cannibal Talk is almost entirely based on previously written articles and papers delivered at various universities during the period 1989–2003 amidst other writing commitments.1 My first foray into cannibalism was during my tenure as a fellow at the National Humanities Center in 1989–90 while working on my book ...
1. Anthropology and the Man-Eating Myth
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As the title of this book, Cannibal Talk, implies, I deal with the discourses of cannibalism and the behaviors and practices associated with such talk (“discursive practices”) in the interaction between natives and Europeans following the “discovery” of Polynesia by Captain James Cook in the voyage of the Endeavour, 1768–72. ...
2. “British Cannibals”: Dialogical Misunderstandings in the South Seas
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The date is February 15, 1779, the day after the death of Captain James Cook in Kealakekua Bay on the island of Hawai‘i, the place where I ended my previous narrative of the sad end of that redoubtable sea captain who, it is said, was a divinity for Hawaiians.1 There is tension in the Hawaiian air: one group with their piles of stones, ...
3. Concerning Violence: A Backward Journey into Maori Anthropophagy
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The change in Maori practice is probably the most controversial part of my argument. I present my thesis hesitantly because no one seems to have a clear knowledge of precontact or “traditional” Maori anthropophagy. In fact this phrasing might be a misnomer because New Zealand consisted of a multiplicity of Maori communities, ...
4. Savage Indignation: Cannibalism and the Parodic
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In several of the discourses mentioned in the previous chapters it seems that what is parody for the Maori is deadly serious for his Other, the European.1 Sometimes the humor is shared by both sides as in the second voyage when Cook reported of his curio-hungry sailors: ...
5. The Later Fate of Heads: Cannibalism, Decapitation, and Capitalism
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For the moment let me bracket “this cannibal business of selling the heads of dead idolators” that Melville ’s Ishmael speaks about and shift instead to the significance of that queer trade of Queequeg trying to sell his many heads even though the “market’s overstocked.”1 ...
6. Cannibal Feasts in Nineteenth-Century Fiji: Seamen's Yarns and the Ethnographic Imagination
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Despite that fact that I am not as familiar with the political and economic situation of Fiji in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as I am with the Maori, I believe that in Fiji also there developed a form of pronounced anthropophagy that must be seen in terms of the European presence. ...
7. Narratives of the Self: Chevalier Peter Dillon's Fijian Cannibal Adventures
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Historical ignorance compels us to leave aside Lockerby and Thomas Smith and move on to Peter Dillon who on September 6, 1813, presented an eyewitness description of a cannibal feast that has not been surpassed in its detail before or since. ...
8. On Quartering and Cannibalism and the Discourses of Savagism
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I shall leave the Greeks of Homer for the moment and begin this chapter with an aside on African cannibalism by T. H. Huxley in his popular book, Man’s Place in Nature.2 Stephen Jay Gould refers to Huxley as “a fierce defender of evolution and the greatest prose stylist in the history of British science,” ...
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As I hinted in my preface, the several chapters in this book can either be read as a continuous narrative or as separate essays held together by the theme of “cannibal talk.” I now want to discuss a few of the issues that might not have been clear in the preceding chapters. This will provide an opportunity for my critics to disagree with me, ...
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Page Count: 340
Publication Year: 2005