Contested Visions of History in Aotearoa New Zealand Literature: Witi Ihimaera's The Matriarch

dc.contributor.author Romaine, Suzanne en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-01T23:25:15Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-01T23:25:15Z
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.description.abstract Competing visions of the past constitute contested historical ground in Aotearoa New Zealand. The novel as a genre constitutes a strategic site in constructing national identity. This article illustrates how Witi Ihimaera’s historical novel The Matriarch (1986) presents a new vision that seeks to displace Päkehä discourse from its privileged position in articulating the country’s history and national identity. This transformation from outsider to insider perspective is part of a much wider movement throughout the Pacific and beyond. As a narrative that validates a Mäori version of nationhood, Ihimaera’s novel can lay a strong claim to be the novel of modern Aotearoa New Zealand. Nevertheless, the novel has received mixed reaction among both Mäori and non-Mäori commentators, especially within influential critical literary circles. These reactions constitute another sort of contested ground as they raise issues concerning notions of history, literature, truth, and fiction, and the relationships among them. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Romaine, S. 2004. Contested Visions of History in Aotearoa New Zealand Literature: Witi Ihimaera's The Matriarch. The Contemporary Pacific 16 (1): 31-57. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1043-898X en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/13769
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.publisher Center for Pacific Islands Studies en_US
dc.subject Aotearoa en_US
dc.subject New Zealand en_US
dc.subject Witi Ihimaera en_US
dc.subject Pacific literature en_US
dc.subject nationhood en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject narration en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Oceania -- Periodicals. en_US
dc.title Contested Visions of History in Aotearoa New Zealand Literature: Witi Ihimaera's The Matriarch en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
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