Reference : The Poetics of Dissolution: The Representation of Maori Culture in Janet Frame's Fiction
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The Poetics of Dissolution: The Representation of Maori Culture in Janet Frame's Fiction
Gabrielle, Cindy [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des langues et littératures modernes > Littérature anglaise moderne et littérature américaine >]
Journal of Postcolonial Writing
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[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.
CEREP (Centre d'Enseignement et de Recherche en Etudes Postcoloniales)

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