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Be Always Converting, Be Always Converted

An American Poetics

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$60.50 • £48.95 • €54.50

ISBN 9780674033436

Publication Date: 06/01/2009


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

1 halftone


  • Introduction: Conversions against Empire: “And afterward we were born again, and many times…”
  • 1. The Poetics and Politics of Henry ‘Ōpūkaha‘ia’s Conversion
  • 2. “Henry, Torn from the Stomach”: Translating Hawaiian Conversion and Rebirth into Dynamics of Outer-National Becoming
  • 3. “Be Always Converting, and Be Always Converted”: Conversion as Semiotic Becoming, and Metamorphosis into Beatitude
  • 4. Writing down the Lava Road from Damascus to Kona: Counter-Conversion, Pacific Polytheism, and Re-Nativization in Epeli Hau‘ofa’s Oceania
  • 5. Regeneration through Violence: Multiple Masks of Alter-Becoming in the Japanese/American/African Poet Ai
  • 6. Becoming Jeremiah inside the U.S. Empire: On the Born-Again Refigurations of Bob Dylan
  • Epilogue: Conversions through Literature: Writing Transpacific Becoming from Connecticut to Hawai‘i and Asia/Pacific
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2009
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