By Michael Sturma

From the 1st ecu touch with Tahiti in 1767, the parable of the South Sea maiden has continued via many incarnations. even supposing the maiden usually supplied an idealized antidote to Western women's self-assertion, the South Pacific additionally afforded an area the place barriers among the sexes may be secure and transgressed. From James prepare dinner and Captain Bligh to James Michener and Margaret Mead, the Island woman has occupied a unique position within the erotic mind's eye of the West. In a sweeping learn that embraces historical past, literature, visible arts, anthropology and picture, this research supplies clean perception into the myths and fact of a Western icon.

While ladies from faraway lands have constantly been awarded as unique and inviting, the South Sea maiden has come to represent female sexuality, as an essential component of the journey, sensuality, and romance of the South Pacific. all people from early explorers to nineteenth century writers and artists to latter day anthropologists, movie makers, and tourism promoters have extolled their virtues and their our bodies. Sturma appears to be like at the back of the preferred clich^D'es to bare how the myth-making method mirrored not just Western wants, however the minimize and thrust of fixing sexual politics. the result's an exciting examine either South Sea image-makers and the ladies whom they discovered so seductive.

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