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South Seas genre

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The South Seas genre is a genre of literature, film, or entertainment (such as Tiki culture) that is set in Oceania.

Though many Hollywood films were produced on studio backlots or Santa Catalina Island, the first feature non documentary film made on a Tahiti location was Lost and Found on a South Sea Island.

Elements of the genre may include:

  • Adventure
  • Miscegenation
  • World War II in the Pacific
  • Noble savage
  • Historical incidents
  • Exploration
  • Comedy
  • Romance
  • Degeneracy
  • Volcanos
  • Culture Clash
  • Shipwreck or crashed aircraft
  • Noted authors of the genre, and key works, include

  • J. Allan Dunn: The Island of the Dead (1915), Beyond the Rim (1916), etc.
  • Robert Dean Frisbie: The Book of Puka Puka (1929), etc.
  • Jack London: Adventure (1911), South Sea Tales, etc.
  • W. Somerset Maugham: The Moon and Sixpence (1919), "Rain," etc.
  • Herman Melville: Typee (1846), Omoo (1847), etc.
  • James A. Michener: Tales of the South Pacific (1947)
  • Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall: Mutiny on the Bounty (1932)
  • Frederick O'Brien: White Shadows in the South Seas (1919)
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: In the South Seas (1896)
  • Charles Warren Stoddard: South-Sea Idyls (1873), Summer Cruising in the South Seas (1874), etc.
  • References

    South Seas genre Wikipedia


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