Naming: Aloha Ivanhoe

  • Nikki Hessell
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


Hessell responds to new directions in scholarship on Walter Scott and cultural contact via an examination of a serialised Hawaiian translation of Ivanhoe, published in 1871–1872 in the newspaper Ke Au Okoa (The New Era). The chapter suggests that the overt colonial themes in Scott’s novel, and in particular the challenges of taxonomies and naming practices in colonial contexts, are reactivated by the translator John Makini Kapena to elucidate a contemporary crisis in the Hawaiian monarchical succession and the difficulties of integrating Hawaiian taxonomies of rank within Euroamerican political structures. This focus, in turn, can be perceived in Scott’s reactions to the end of the Regency in Britain and the establishment of a new monarchy under George IV.


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  • Nikki Hessell
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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