Saturday, January 19 - Morning seminar.
We come full circle with this mid-20th century writer. Michener, a meticulous naval historian assigned to the South Pacific in WWII, used his personal notes to write Tale of the South Pacific. (1947) It won the Pulitzer Prize and was transformed into the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific. (1949)
What was different from Melville's novels a century beforehand (1847) was that all those American GIs were returning from the South Pacific and yearning to bring home the romance rather than the horrors of the war. We will discuss episodes from the boo, though viewing the movie of the musical is recommended beforehand. The first movie was released in 1958, the remake in 2001.
The final story for our seminar is Michener's epic novel Hawaii (1959) in which this last of our "haole" (Anglo-Saxon white) storytellers attempts to create a mosaic of the incredibly rich ethnic traditions of the people of Hawaii as they approach statehood in 1960. We will look at episodes involving native Hawaiian Polynesians, Whites, Chinese, and Japanese stories.
A Final Note: Next winter (January 2014) we will return to Manago's Hotel on the Big Island to look the the written literature of Hawaii, created by the people of Hawaii over the past 200 years. All the way from the earliest Native Hawaiian writers in the 1800s to contemporary men and women in the Hawaiian storytelling of the 21st Century.