Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Gananath Obeyesekere, The Apotheosis of James Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific

Obeyesekere, Gananath (Fellow, 1989-90)

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1992

From the publisher's description:

Here Gananath Obeyesekere 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 new edition of The Apotheosis of Captain Cook, the author addresses, in a lengthy afterword, Marshall Sahlins's 1994 book, How "Natives" Think, which was a direct response to this work.


Subjects: History;; Maritime History;