Reference : The Poetics of Dissolution: The Representation of Maori Culture in Janet Frame’s Fiction
Scientific journals : Article
Arts & humanities : Literature
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/70695
The Poetics of Dissolution: The Representation of Maori Culture in Janet Frame’s Fiction
English
Gabrielle, Cindy mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Littérature anglaise moderne et littérature américaine >]
2010
Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Routledge
46
2
209-220
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
1744-9855
1744-9863
[en] Janet Frame's "The Lagoon" ; Postcolonialism ; The Maori
[en] This essay examines Janet Frame’s early short story “The Lagoon”, and argues that the
story alludes to Maori experience, albeit tangentially, in a way which anticipates similar
evocations in novels such as A State of Siege and The Carpathians. A close reading
shows that cultural imperialism in Frame runs parallel to, or is a side-effect of,
interpersonal appropriations. These, in turn, seem to be rooted in human beings’
reluctance to accommodate otherness. Recurrently Janet Frame points to a model of
cultural and interpersonal interaction which is detached from proprietorial forms of
appropriation, but which entails nothing less than the dissolution of the ruling ego. Selfdissolution
shall emerge in this reading as the key to a utopian state consisting of the total
permeability between the self and the remainder of the world. In this state, transactions
become reciprocal since the divisions between self and non-self no longer exist.
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Researchers ; Professionals
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/70695
10.1080/17449851003707295
http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449851003707295

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