- Dec 14, 1997
- 6 x 9.25 in.
- 14 halftones
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.
Awards and Recognition
- Winner of the 1992 Louis Gottschalk Prize, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
- Winner of the 1993 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in History, Association of American Publishers