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Survivance, Patricia Grace, Paula Morris, and Kelly Ana Morey

February 8, 2012

“Contemporary Maori literature, like the forest of Tane Mahuta, has large trees that shelter a host of smaller plants and saplings, each of them adding to a richly varied continuum. Altogether they create a cathedral filled with song. Not only do we hear in this place the many traditional voices of this country, but new sounds are constantly arriving from city streets, from prisons, the marketplace, and corporate board rooms. The rhythms of these new sounds are exciting and multiform, drawing on languages and cultures that challenge and enrich the definitions of Maori literature. For a long time, Maori literature will be occupied with reconciling and absorbing all of them.”

Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan in ‘The Forest of Tane: Maori Literature Today’ (76); quoted by Pistacchi, p. 1)

Ref: Ann Katherine Pistacchi (2009) Spiralling Subversions: The Politics of Maori Cultural Survivance in the Recent Critical Fictions of Patricia Grace, Paula Morris, and Kelly Ana Morey. PhD thesis, University of Auckland: Auckland. (freely available online)

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