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The Apotheosis of Captain Cook
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List of IllustrationsPrefaceCaptain Cook and the European Imagination3Myth Models8Improvisation Rationality and Savage Thought15The Third Coming: A Flashback to the South Seas23The Visit to Tahiti and the Destruction of Eimeo34The Discovery of Hawaii40The Thesis of the Apotheosis49Further Objections to the Apotheosis: Maculate Perceptions and Cultural Conceptions60Anthropology and Pseudo-History66Politics and the Apotheosis: A Hawaiian Perspective74The Other Lono: Omiah, the Dalai Lama of the Hawaiians92Cook, Lono, and the Makahiki Festival95The Narrative Resumed: The Last Days102The Death of Cook: British and Hawaiian Versions109Language Games and the European Apotheosis of James Cook120The Humanist Myth in New Zealand History131The Resurrection and Return of James Cook137The Versions of the Apotheosis in the Traditions of Sea Voyagers142Cook, Fornication, and Evil: The Myth of the Missionaries154On Native Histories: Myth, Debate, and Contentious Discourse163Monterey Melons; or, A Native's Reflection on the Topic of Tropical Tropes171Myth Models in Anthropological Narrative177The Mourning and the Aftermath187Afterword: On De-Sahlinization193Appendix I: The Destruction of Hikiau and the Death of William Watman251Appendix II: Kalii and the Divinity of Kings255Notes259Bibliography299Index307

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Winner of the 1992 Louis Gottschalk Prize, sponsored by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

About the Author

Gananath Obeyesekere is Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. His many books include The Work of Culture: Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology and, with Richard Gombrich, Buddhism Transformed: Religious Change in Sri Lanka (Princeton).

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Winner of the 1992 Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Winner of the 1993 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in History, Association of American Publishers "In The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, a fascinating and important book, Gananath Obeyesekere ... examines the murder and the events leading up to it in a fresh way. He enlarges the debate about how we think not only about our own diminishing collection of heroes, but also about the outsiders of European history, in this case the eighteenth-century Hawaiians."--Robert I. Levy, The New York Times Book Review "Without question the most provocative reassessment of the famed explorer's demise... Obeyesekere has made a persuasive case for his counternarrative of Captain Cook, strongly supporting it with a fine-grained analysis of an impressive array of cultural material, some of it long submerged..."--Amy Burce, The Sciences "There are so many ways of patronizing the past, [Obeyesekere] as good as says, and one of them is to accept your own culture's version of it. For this reason alone, his book would be stimulating. But there is more, much of it centering around the personality of James Cook himself. That familiar, Queegish figure of a ship's master obsessed with theft, increasingly unhinged by whatever private ghosts ... is surely worth examining."--James Hamilton-Paterson, The New Republic "A fascinating and important book ... Obeyesekere examines [Cook's] murder and the events leading up to it in a fresh way."--Robert L. Levy, The New York Times Book Review "The whole book is admirable, impeccable, even at times brilliant."--Simon Schama, The Washington Times "A remarkably rich and persuasive argument."--Nicholas Thomas, Current Anthropology

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