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‘My Mother was the Earth. My Father was the Sky.’

Myth and Memory in Maori Novels in English

Lang, Peter Bern,
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This study brings together three closely related aspects of Maori literature – myth, memory and identity. It examines selected novels by Witi Ihimaera and Patricia Grace in order to trace an ever-developing Maori identity that has changed considerably over three decades of the Maori novel. This book demonstrates that an investigation of the construction of identity in literature benefits from a close look at the importance of Maori mythology as well as associated cultural and individual memories. Indicating that Maori fiction has become what Homi Bhabha terms a third space, this book verifies the links between novel, myth and memory with the help of existing research in these areas in order to assess their importance for the reinterpretation of identity. The Maori novels that depict situations reflecting current issues are viewed as an experimental playground in which authors can explore a variety of solutions to tribal, societal and political issues. This study establishes the early novels as reinterpretations of the past and guides to the future, and characterises the more recent novels as representing a move towards empowerment and pioneering that has not yet come to a conclusion.

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Titel: ‘My Mother was the Earth. My Father was the Sky.’
Autoren/Herausgeber: Nadia Majid
Ausgabe: 1. Neuausgabe

ISBN/EAN: 9783034302241

Seitenzahl: 284
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 416 g
Sprache: Englisch

Nadia Majid grew up in-between cultures and went on to study English and American Literature, Psychology and Art Pedagogy at the Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany. There, she was awarded an M.A. for her study of Canadian novels. During her research in the International Ph.D. Programme (IPP) in Giessen, which is part of the German government’s Exzellenzinitiative, she taught Translation and Creative Writing. In 2009 she received a Ph.D. in literature for her analysis of selected Maori novels.

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