Tropical Fevers: "Madness" and Colonialism in Pacific Literature

  title={Tropical Fevers: "Madness" and Colonialism in Pacific Literature},
  author={S. Luangphinith},
  journal={The Contemporary Pacific},
In Pacific literature, theorizing madness in fictional narratives encourages a reexamination of the notion of "deviancy" that supports the western colonial differentiation between the powerful and the disempowered. Fictional accounts of madness often reveal how such bipolar ideology is inadequate to address individual identity in Pacific Island societies, which include variegated expressions of ethnic or racial diversity, sexuality, and gender. Not surprisingly, many Pacific writers use… 
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