By Richard Yates

Robert Prentice is eighteen. His mom, Alice Prentice,is fifty three. either are broken souls: Robert, by means of warfare; Alice, by means of thwarted goals of prosperity.

In deeply humanizing pictures, the nice American author Richard Yates crafts a unique of postwar the USA, instantly at odds with its personal feel of id and mercilessly prohibitive to its like-minded voters.

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Avert our ultimate destiny” (quoted in Perry 1994: 84–5). Writer after writer has echoed this viewpoint, as in Mark Twain’s trade-oriented description of Hawai‘i as “a half-way house on the Pacific highway” (Twain 1975b: 233). In the 1950s, University of Hawai‘i administrator William George spoke of the institution as “the central pier of a bridge, one span of which would extend from the continental United States to Hawaii, and the other span from Hawaii to the Orient” (quoted in Quigg 28 Where “cannibalism” has been, tourism will be 1986: 16).

The tendency is to insist upon the will to dominate in imperial culture . . without investigating the ways in which the apparatuses of colonialism and modernity may have been compromised locally” (Thomas 1997: 2–3). In these senses, where Orientalism itself slips toward tourism, tourism theory becomes a useful framework for investigating the forces that work through various forms of critique, whether in fiction or scholarship. Tourism theory keeps in view the pervasive commodification and aesthetically reductive dimensions of representational practices, including “cannibal discourse” as a representational staple of 34 Where “cannibalism” has been, tourism will be the West.

Literary texts absorb and refigure these forms and tropes, in effect representing the processing and reproduction of the cluster of popular and scientific knowledges circulating at a given time, providing complex indexes of the imaginings of Oceania. S. colony in Oceania, or from before the mast, as in Richard Henry Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast (1840), with its intimate accounts of living with kanaka (the Hawaiian term for “person” that became the generic and later derogatory epithet for all Oceanians) in the hide-tanning camps of California, or from a frankly homosexual view such as that of Charles Warren Stoddard, who idealized the islands as sites for male desire.

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