Evaluating the series of letters eventually published as In the South Seas, Barry Menikoff (1992) argues that Stevenson explores in the volume the difficulty of appropriating the strangeness of another culture, a philosophical concern that leads him to subvert certain conventions of travel writing and to question the politics of imperialism. Roslyn Jolly (1996) interprets A Footnote to History as a historical account that subverts the imperialist assumption that colonial conquest marks historical progress. Peter Gilmour (1983) departs from the generally positive response to The Beach of Falesà and The Ebb-Tide, holding that Stevenson represents the Polynesians as passive victims and fails to condemn imperialism conclusively.
Works by Stevenson
Selective Studies of Stevenson