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Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies$
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Yuan Shu, Otto Heim, and Kendall Johnson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455775

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455775.001.0001

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Oceania as Peril and Promise

Oceania as Peril and Promise

Towards Theorizing a Worlded Vision of Transpacific Ecopoetics

(p.261) 12 Oceania as Peril and Promise
Oceanic Archives, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Transpacific American Studies

Rob Wilson

Hong Kong University Press

The ocean as a space of planetary interconnection remains riddled with antagonisms of political territorial, and commercial conflict. At the same time, the ocean, figured as a planetary element necessary to sustaining life and earthly well-being, could become a means to envision ecological solidarity and worlding concern across the Pacific. To do so, the ocean needs to be re-framed in terms that elicit consent and inspire an imagination of co-belonging, mutual interest, and ecopoetic care. The ocean could come to signify a bioregional site of coalitional promise as much as a geopolitical danger zone of antagonistic peril: poets and cultural workers affiliated to the remaking of the Pacific into Oceania can help us forge this transnational ecological vision.

Keywords:   Ecological, Planetary, Anthropocene, Worlding, Epeli Hau'ofa, Gary Snyder, Garbage, Pacific Rim

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