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“An Extraordinary State of Affairs”: The Hawaiian Embassy to Sāmoa

  • Carla Manfredi
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture book series (PNWC)

Abstract

This chapter investigates King Kalākaua’s request for Stevenson to compose a brief account (“A Samoan Scrapbook”) of the Hawaiian government’s efforts at forming a political alliance with Sāmoa in 1886–1887. This chapter explores how Stevenson’s little-known pamphlet entitled “A Samoan Scrapbook” engages with Joseph D. Strong’s photographs of Sāmoa (taken during the Hawaiian delegation to Sāmoa in 1886). The chapter situates Strong’s photographs within the political ambitions of the Hawaiian monarchy for regional dominance. In particular, this chapter demonstrates that the Hawaiian delegation’s sense of superiority and appeal to kinship underwrote its ambitions and shaped the “anthropological” gaze trained on Sāmoa by the delegates of the Hawaiian Embassy.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carla Manfredi
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  1. 1.University of WinnipegWinnipegCanada

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