Title The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific
Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher Princeton Princeton University Press 1997
0691057524 / 9780691057521
Seller ID 005543
313 pp. Faint dust foxing to upper edge of text block. A little scuffing to lower edge. All else as new. List of illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. "Debunks one of the most enduring myths of imperialism, civilization, and conquest: the notion that the Western civilizer is a god to savages. Using shipboard journals and logs kept by Captain James Cook and his officers, Obeyesekere reveals the captain as both the self-conscious civilizer and as the person who, his mission gone awry, becomes a 'savage' himself. In this edition, the author addresses, in a lengthy new afterword, the controversy engendered by the book's initial publication."