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Sniffing Oceania’s Behind

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Title:Sniffing Oceania’s Behind
Authors:Diaz, Vicente M.
Keywords:Pacific Islands history
Pacific Islands historiography
Native Pacific cultural studies
Epeli Hau‘ofa
LC Subject Headings:Oceania -- Periodicals
Date Issued:2012
Publisher:University of Hawai‘i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation:Diaz, V. M. 2012. Sniffing Oceania’s Behind. The Contemporary Pacific 24 (2): 323-344.
Abstract:Part tribute to the late Epeli Hau‘ofa and part reflective historiography, this essay examines the figure of the anus in Hau‘ofa’s short story Kisses in the Nederends in order to open up an inquiry into an olfactory history of Oceania. My broader goal is to augment if not challenge canonical methods still heavily reliant on literacy and visuality, and realist modalities that I believe are inadequate to the task of apprehending subaltern aspects of Oceania’s ongoing past.
Pages/Duration:22 pages
Appears in Collections: TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 2012 - Volume 24, Number 2

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