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Author Stachurski, Christina
Title Reading Pakeha? : Fiction and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand
Imprint Amsterdam : BRILL, 2009
©2009
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Descript 1 online resource (255 pages)
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Series Cross/Cultures Ser. ; v.109
Cross/Cultures Ser
Note Intro -- Reading Pakeha?: Fiction and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand -- Contents -- Introduction -- A white settler society? -- Myths of identity -- My approach -- Relevant literary critical discourse so far -- Why focus on Man Alone, the bone people, and Once Were Warriors? -- Literary masculinity -- Feminist novels -- Maori writing in English -- Man Alone -- The explorer model -- Landscape as sign -- Masculinity -- Nature, culture, and ethnicity -- Conclusion -- the bone people -- Social and cultural context -- Alienation from Maoritanga -- Tiaki -- The three protagonists -- Sex as metaphor -- Transformation of nature -- Kerewin -- Joe -- The sanitization of Irishness -- Conclusion -- Once Were Warriors -- Warriorhood -- Social and cultural context -- Reviewers' responses -- Colonization -- Libertarianism -- Alan Duff -- The female reader -- The film -- Conclusion -- Conclusion -- Works Consulted -- Index
Aotearoa New Zealand, "a tiny Pacific country," is of great interest to those engaged in postcolonial and literary studies throughout the world.In all former colonies, myths of national identity are vested with various interests. Shifts in collective Pakeha (or New Zealand-European) identity have been marked by the phenomenal popularity of three novels, each at a time of massive social change. Late-colonialism, anti-imperialism, and the collapse of the idea of a singular 'nation' can be traced through the reception of John Mulgan's Man Alone (1939), Keri Hulme's the bone people (1983), and Alan Duff's Once Were Warriors (1990). Yet close analysis of these three novels also reveals marginalization and silencing in claims to singular Pakeha identity and a linear development of settler acculturation. Such a dynamic resonates with that of other 'settler' cultures - the similarities and differences telling in comparison.Specifically, Reading Pakeha? Fiction and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand explores how concepts of race and ethnicity intersect with those of gender, sex, and sexuality. This book also asks whether 'Pakeha' is still a meaningful term
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Stachurski, Christina Reading Pakeha? : Fiction and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand Amsterdam : BRILL,c2009 9789042026445
Subject Duff, Alan, -- 1950- -- Once were warriors.;Hulme, Keri. -- Bone people.;Mulgan, John, -- 1911-1945. -- Man alone.;National characteristics, New Zealand, in literature.;New Zealand literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism
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