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Literature of Lure: Mark Twain in His Letters From Hawaii--their Dynamics and Legacy

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Title:Literature of Lure: Mark Twain in His Letters From Hawaii--their Dynamics and Legacy
Authors:Lee, Juliet
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:Behind the lure of Hawaii stands a long tradition. The concept of lure has been with us as long as man has thought of other peoples and places. Lure is steeped in the Greco-Roman, as well as the Judeo-Christian traditions of Paradise. Cults of Primitivism and the Noble Savage have sprung from this traditional milieu. Utopian literature and travel literature of the guide-book genre have all helped to perpetuate and facilitate culturally produced images of Eden or Paradise, and their inherent eroticism and exoticism. Hawaii beckons. But what constitutes this nebulous entity--the lure of these Islands? Hawaii's literary heritage has advanced its own lure, or images of Paradise, to call people to its shores. In Hawaii's short history, many authors have contributed significantly to this lure. A succession of "popular," more widely read authors such as Robert L. Stevenson, Jack London, W. Somerset Maugham and James Michener have played a special part. Mark Twain figures as one of these authors early in the succession, and this study focuses on his many contributions and his influence. Twain represents the beginnings of a continuum of exponential proportions, the legacy of which, at least partly, results in the tourist industry seen today.
Pages/Duration:vi, 66 pages
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