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Alumni Travel Reading: South Pacific Islands

 

Matira Beach, Bora Bora, French Polynesia. Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.

 

Bora Bora. Courtesy of Jim G.

History & Culture

 

Ofu, American Samoa. Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.

Film: An Angel at My Table, a Trilogy

An Angel at My Table: a Trilogy. Criterion Collection, 2005 (originally released in 1989). 

Jane Campion directed the film version of Janet Frame’s autobiographies.

Watch the trailer below.

South Pacific Islands

Titikaveka, Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.

The South Pacific Islands are home to some of the earliest human settlements, are prominent in the European history of exploration and colonization, are the homes of prominent writers, and continue to be places with rich cultures, literary histories, and diversity. Below is sampling of recent writings about the different Islands, the history of exploration, and significant films and fiction. 

Bibliographer

Selected and Annotated By:

Rebecca Stuhr
Coordinator for Humanities Collections
Librarian for History and Classical Studies
stuhrreb@pobox.upenn.edu
 

For more information about this and other excursions, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel webpage.

 

Sigatoka River in Viti Levu, Fiji. Courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org.

Travel & Exploration: a Combination of Historical and Contemporary Accounts

Film: Once Were Warriors

Film adaptation of Duff's Once Were Warriors directed by Lee Tamahori and it is available through New Line Home Entertainment, 2002.

Watch the trailer below.

 

Sunrise in Nauru, South Pacific. Courtesy of Hadi Zaher.

Fiction

 

Bora Bora. Courtesy of Jim G.

Film: Whale Rider

Film adaptation of Ihimaera's Whale Rider directed by Niki Caro and available from Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (2003).

Watch the trailer below.