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Kenneth K. Brandt

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780746312964

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780746312964.001.0001

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Sailing West: The Pacific Stories

Sailing West: The Pacific Stories

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Jack London

Kenneth K. Brandt

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines how London’s Pacific stories are most frequently concerned with three interrelated subjects: an anthropologically-oriented interest in indigenous cultures and racial groups; an assessment of imperialism’s detrimental effects on native populations and its Western practitioners; and a search for wholeness and meaning through local mythologies, folklore, and religions—modes of inquiry London hoped might moderate the alienation wrought by the capitalistic marketplace and scientific rationalism. The discussion focuses on how, at times, London replicates the racist norms of the dominant culture, while in other instances he protests against them. “The House of Pride,” “The Heathen,” “Good-By, Jack,” “Koolau the Leper,” “Mauki,” “The Red One,” and “The Water Baby” are closely analysed.

Keywords:   Colonialism, Pacific, South Pacific, Myth, Rationality, Leprosy

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