Beach Crossings: Voyaging Across Times, Cultures and Self

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Melbourne University Publishing, 2004 - History - 376 pages
The history of the virtually unknown Marquesas islands, located about 500 miles south of the equator and 1,000 miles east of Tahiti, reflects a society's horrific past in these narratives. Based on an anthropologist's fieldwork diary, this contemplative account explores the Marquesas's neglected history in four fabled stories detailing passionate and powerful images of national struggle and freedom.

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A Most Remarkable Voyage
1
Beginning
11
Writing the Beach
23
Copyright

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Greg Dening was educated in philosophy, theology, history and anthropology in Jesuit seminaries and at the Universities of Melbourne and Harvard. He has written some dozen books on the cross-cultural history of the Pacific. Among the best known of these are Islands and Beaches (1981), Mr Blighs Bad Language (1992), The Death of William Gooch (1996), Performances (1996), and Readings/Writings (1998). Since his retirement from the Max Crawford Chair of History at the University of Melbourne in 1991, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University. He adjuncts by conducting postgraduate workshops on the creative imagination in the presentation of scholarly knowledge.

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