Reilly, Michael Patrick Joseph
This thesis applies techniques of textual analysis to selected Mangaian historical
narratives. By viewing the texts as literary constructions an historian is able to gain a
better perspective of the way the narrations were structured and clothed with particular
ethnographic and historical textures. The introduction discusses the principal collectors
and the ways they represented their work.
The first part establishes the bases upon which the Mangaian past was told. Despite
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