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Critical work on Witi Ihimaera’s oeuvre – a basic search

November 2, 2015

Recognition, Political and Interpersonal: Gay Tribalism in Witi Ihimaera‘s The Uncle’s Story Tan, Yanwei. MFS: Modern Fiction Studies60 (2014 Summer): 366-386.

Toward Transpacific Ecopoetics: Three Indigenous Texts Huang, Hsinya. Comparative Literature Studies50.1 (2013): 120-147.

The State of the Nation’s Narratives Ihimaera, Witi. In Storytelling: Critical and Creative Approaches, edited by Shaw, Jan, Kelly, Philippa, Semler, L E, 15-27. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Whale Rider: The Re-Enactment of Myth and the Empowerment of Women Dodd, Kevin V. Journal of Religion and Film16.2 (2012 Oct): 26 pages.

Metaphor as Argument: A Stylistic Genre-Based Approach Badran, Dany. Language and Literature: Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association21.2 (2012 May): 119-135.

Sacred Travelers: Diasporic Narratives of Pacific Literature Suzuki, Erin Maya. U of California, Los Angeles, 2012 Apr. DA3463912.

‘The Continuum of the World Corrected’: Allegorical Form and (Trans)National Communities in the Historical Fiction of Witi Ihimaera Dalley, Hamish. CLIO: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History41.2(2012 Spring): 221-244.

Psychological Trauma: Representations of Gay Male Sexuality in Māori and Pākehā New Zealand Literature Fox, Alistair. In Sexuality and Contemporary Literature, edited by Gwynne, Joel, Poon, Angelia, 147-167. Amherst, NY: Cambria, 2012.

From Noble Savage to Brave New Warrior? Constructions of a Maori Tradition of Warfare Moura-Koçoglu, Michaela. In Literature for Our Times: Postcolonial Studies in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Ashcroft, Bill, Mendis, Ranjini, McGonegal, Julie, Mukherjee, Arun, Giroux, Henry A, 369-382. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2012. 

From Body Snatchers to Mind Snatchers: Indigenous Science Fiction, Postcolonialism, and Aotearoa/New Zealand History Alessio, Dominic. Journal of Postcolonial Writing47.3 (2011 July): 257-269. 

The Lonely and the Alone: The Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction D’Cruz, Doreen; Ross, John C. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2011.

Striding Both Worlds: Witi Ihimaera and New Zealand’s Literary Traditions Kennedy, Melissa. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2011.

Hybridity and Indigeneity in Contemporary Maori Litterature of Aotearoa/New Zealand: Witi Ihimaera Fox, Alistair. In Littératures d’aujourd’hui: Contemporain, innovation, partages culturels, politique, théorie littéraire: Domaines européen, latino-américain, francophone et anglophone, edited by Bessière, Jean, 91-101. Paris, France: Honoré Champion, 2011.

‘I Am Not a Slave … I Will Be Worthy of My Native Land’: Italian Melodrama as Resistance Strategy in Witi Ihimaera‘s Work Della Valle, Paola. In Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures, edited by Oboe, Annalisa, Bassi, Shaul, 103-114. London, England: Routledge, 2011.

What the Whales Would Tell Us: Cetacean Communication in Novels by Witi Ihimaera, Linda Hogan, Zakes Mda, and Amitav Ghosh Steinzvand, Jonathan. In Postcolonial Ecologies: Literatures of the Environment, edited by DeLoughrey, Elizabeth, Handley, George B, 182-199. Oxford, England: Oxford UP, 2011.

Terms of Ambivalence: Cultural Politics and Symbolic Exchange Prentice, Chris. Australian Literary Studies25.4 (2010 Nov): 33-54.

Maori Cowboys, Maori Indians Somerville, Alice Te Punga. American Quarterly62.3 (2010 Sept): 663-685.

[Crossing Mythical Boundaries and Homing in Witi Ihimaera‘s The Whale Rider] Cha, Heejung. Journal of English Language and Literature/Yǒngǒ Yǒngmunhak56.2 (2010): 277-299.

Think Local Sell Global: Magical Realism, The Whale Rider, and the Market Eckstein, Lars. In Commodifying (Post)Colonialism: Othering, Reification, Commodification and the New Literatures and Cultures in English, edited by Emig, Rainer, Lindner, Oliver, 93-107. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2010.

Representations of Childhood in the Stories of Katherine Mansfield and Witi Ihimaera Oettli-Van Delden, Simone. In Antipodean Childhoods: Growing Up in Australia and New Zealand, edited by Ramsey-Kurz, Helga, Ratheiser, Ulla, 145-160. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

Voice from the Tangata Whenua: An Exploration of Conceptual Metaphoricity in Witi Ihimaera‘s Whanau Degani, Marta. In Drops of Light Coalescing: Studies for Maria Teresa Bindella, edited by Riem Natale, Antonella, Righetti, Angelo, 159-171. Udine, Italy: Forum, 2010.

Nostalgia and Hierarchy in Witi Ihimaera‘s Early Short Stories Andersson, Ulrika. In Antipodean Childhoods: Growing Up in Australia and New Zealand, edited by Ramsey-Kurz, Helga, Ratheiser, Ulla, 161-170. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.

Literature as Resistance in the Maori Renaissance: Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera, Alan Duff Wilson, Janet. Anglistik20.1 (2009 Mar): 173-186.

Inside the Text: The Private Side of Maori Writing Kennedy, Melissa. Journal of Postcolonial Writing45.1 (2009 Mar): 61-69.

Rootedness and Mobility in International Indigenous Literatures Schacht, Miriam Helga. U of Texas, Austin, 2009 Jan. DA3315291.

Manifestation of Self and/or Tribal Identity? Māori Writing in the Global Maelstrom Moura-Koçoğlu, Michaela. In Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities, edited by Schulze-Engler, Frank, Helff, Sissy, Perner, Claudia, Vogt-William, Christine, 221-231. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2009.

Exclusion and Revolt in Witi Ihimaera‘s Whale Rider Visser, Irene. Commonwealth Essays and Studies30.2 (2008 Spring): 63-73.

In the Belly of the Canoe with Ihimaera, Hulme and Gorodé: The Waka as a Locus of Hybridity Ramsay, Raylene. International Journal of Francophone Studies11.4 (2008): 559-579.

‘Are You for Real?’: Witi Ihimaera‘s Eidolon Camouflage Kennedy, Melissa. Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings8.2 (2008): 107-116.

Benign Xenophobia? The Testimony of Maori Literature Panny, Judith Dell. In Embracing the Other: Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English, edited by Mohr, Dunja M, 37-47. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2008.

Native Stages: The Revision of History in Witi Ihimaera‘s Woman Far Walking Calleja, Paloma Fresno. In Representing Minorities: Studies in Literature and Criticism, edited by Touaf, Larbi, Boutkhil, Soumia, 108-113. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2008.

The Interplay of the Local and the Global in Witi Ihimaera‘s Revisions Heim, Otto. Journal of Postcolonial Writing43.3 (2007 Dec): 310-322.

Maoritangta in Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors: A Problematic Rebirth through Female Leaders De Souza, Pascale. Studies in Australasian Cinema1.1 (2007): 15-27

Narrating the Feminine Nation: The Coming-of-Age Girl in Contemporary New Zealand Cinema Wiles, Mary M. In Youth Culture in Global Cinema, edited by Shary, Timothy, Seibel, Alexandra, 175-188. Austin, TX: U of Texas P, 2007.

Gender, Race, Feminism, and the International Girl Hero: The Unremarkable U.S. Popular Press Reception of Bend It Like Beckham and Whale Rider Projansky, Sarah. In Youth Culture in Global Cinema, edited by Shary, Timothy, Seibel, Alexandra, 189-206. Austin, TX: U of Texas P, 2007.

Cultural Rhetoric in Coming-Out Narratives: Witi Ihimaera‘s The Uncle’s Story Tawake, Sandra. World Englishes: Journal of English as an International and Intranational Language25.3-4 (2006 Aug-Nov): 373-380.

The Symbolic Function of the Operatic Allusions in Witi Ihimaera‘s The Dream Swimmer Fox, Alistair. Journal of Postcolonial Writing42.1 (2006 May): 4-17.

Riding the Whale? Postcolonialism and Globalization in Whale Rider Prentice, Chris. In Global Fissures: Postcolonial Fusions, edited by Joseph, Clara A B, Wilson, Janet, 247-267. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2006.

Spaze: Void States and the Mother-Child Relationship in The Matriarch, The Dream Swimmer, Cousins and Baby No-Eyes Crawford, Jen. Kunapipi: Journal of Postcolonial Writing27.2 (2005): 268-275.

A Man’s ‘True Face’: Concealing/Revealing Masculinities in Novels by Alan Duff andWiti Ihimaera Roussos, Timotheos. Philament5 (2005 Jan): (no pagination).

The Italian Myth of Galileo in New Zealand Opera Manai, Franco; Hanna, Kirsten. In New Zealand and Europe: Connections and Comparisons, edited by Luciano, Bernadette, Mayes, David G, 263-276. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2005.

Beyond Boundaries: Centre/Periphery Discourse in Oe Kenzaburō’s Dojidai gemu &Witi Ihimaera‘s The Matriarch Isherwood, Christopher. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies5.2 (2003 Dec): 115-144.

Holy Sea-Cow Murdoch, Claire. Landfall: New Zealand Arts and Letters206 (2003 Nov): 97-105.

Whale Tale: New Zealand’s Niki Caro Brings Maori Legend to Life Garcia, Maria. Film Journal International106.6 (2003 June): 16-18.

A Maori Writer in Two Worlds Meklin, Margaret. Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide10.1 (2003 Jan-Feb): 30-32.

Maori Literature in English: An Introduction Simms, Norman. In Twayne Companion to Contemporary World Literature: From the Editors of World Literature Today, I: Parts 1-5; II: Parts 6-8, Appendices, Index, edited by Genova, Pamela A, 818-824. New York, NY: Twayne–Thomson Gale, 2003.

Masculinity & Desire: Rewriting the Polynesian Body Ihimaera, Witi. In Joseph Keene Chadwick: Interventions and Continuities in Irish and Gay Studies, edited by Rieder, John, O’Mealy, Joseph H, Wayne, Valerie, 122-131. Honolulu, HI: College of Languages, Linguistics and Literature, University of Hawaii, 2002.

Rewriting or Writing Back? Witi Ihimaera‘s Dear Miss Mansfield Glage, Liselotte. In Crabtracks: Progress and Process in Teaching the New Literatures in English, edited by Collier, Gordon, Schulze-Engler, Frank, 321-329. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 2002.

Traditions of Guardianship in Maori Literature Heim, Otto. In Colonies, Missions, Cultures in the English Speaking World: General and Comparative Studies, edited by Stilz, Gerhard, 299-306. Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg, 2001.

Constructing the Present: Insider/Outsider Perspective in Fiction by Figiel, Pule andIhimaera Tawake, Sandra. SPAN: Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies50-51 (2000 Apr-Oct): 1-11.

Contemporary Maori Cultural Practice-from Biculturalism towards a Glocal Culture Riemenschneider, Dieter. Journal of New Zealand Literature18-19 (2000-2001): 139-160.

‘The Singing Word’: Witi Ihimaera Interviewed by Juniper Ellis Ellis, Juniper. Journal of Commonwealth Literature34.1 (1999): 169-182.

Intelligibility and Meaningfulness in Multicultural Literature in English (Excerpts) Dasenbrock, Reed Way. In Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior: A Casebook, edited by Wong, Sau-ling Cynthia, 159-169. New York, NY: Oxford UP, 1999.

Katherine Mansfield and Witi Ihimaera: A Typology of Reception Baumann, Uwe. In Intercultural Encounters-Studies in English Literatures, edited by Antor, Heinz, Cope, Kevin L, 563-588. Heidelberg, Germany: Carl Winter Universitätsverlag, 1999.

The Status of ‘Fantasy’ in Maori Literature in English: The Case of Witi Ihimaera Durix, Jean-Pierre. European Journal of English Studies2.1 (1998 Apr): 11-26.

And Then There’s Us: A Maori Perspective Ihimaera, Witi. Poetica: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies50 (1998): 195-207.

Spiritcarvers: Interviews with Eighteen Writers from New Zealand Sarti, Antonella; Evans, Christopher Bennet (foreword). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Rodopi, 1998.

Nationalism vs. Internationalism? Witi Ihimaera‘s The Matriarch and Critical Abjection Prentice, Christine. In Nationalism vs. Internationalism: (Inter)National Dimensions of Literatures in English, edited by Zach, Wolfgang, Goodwin, Ken L, 549-555. Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg, 1996.

Mythic Grandeur or Pastoral Naiveté in Tangi by Witi Ihimaera Simms, Norman. Recovering Literature: A Journal of Contextualist Criticism20 (1994): 5-22.

Disappearance through Integration: Three Maori Writers Retaliate Morrow, Patrick D. Journal of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies1.1 (1993 Fall): 92-99.

Why Novels? Why Short Stories? A Note on the Use of Genres in the Works of Witi Ihimaera and Albert Wendt Isernhagen, Hartwig. Commonwealth Essays and Studies16.2 (1993 Spring): 34-37.

A View of Strategies of Assimilation and Resistance in Witi Ihimaera‘s Dear Miss Mansfield Potter, Tiffany. World Literature Written in English33-34.2-1 (1993-1994): 58-74.

A Rhetoric of Sentiment: Thoughts on Maori Writing with Reference to the Short-Stories of Witi Ihimaera Sharrad, Paul. In New Zealand Literature Today, edited by Dhawan, R K, Tonetto, Walter, 60-72. New Delhi: Indian Soc. for Commonwealth Studies, 1993.

Intercultural Exchange between Ethnic Minority and English Language Majority: The Writing of Jack Davis and Witi Ihimaera Riemenschneider, Dieter. In Imagination and the Creative Impulse in the New Literatures in English, edited by Bindella, M T, Davis, G V, 271-280. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993.

Listening to One’s Ancestors: An Interview with Witi Ihimaera Sharrad, Paul. Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada8 (1992 Dec): 97-105.

Disappearance through Integration: Three Maori Writers Retaliate Morrow, Patrick D. In Selected Essays from the International Conference on Word and World of Discovery, edited by Garmon, Gerald, 100-107. Carrollton, GA: Dept. of English, West Georgia Coll, 1992.

Images of Italy in Maori and Pakeha Writing: Problems of Culture, Ideology and Theory Lauder, Hugh. In Bologna, la cultura italiana e le letterature straniere moderne, I-III, edited by Fortunati, Vita, Petroni, Liano, I: 241-55. Ravenna: Longo, 1992.

Interview with Witi Ihimaera Williams, Mark. Landfall: New Zealand Arts and Letters45.3 [179] (1991 Sept): 281-297.

A Maori Perspective Ihimaera, Witi. Journal of New Zealand Literature9 (1991): 53-54.

Tickling History: Maurice Shadbolt and the New Zealand Wars Crane, Ralph J. Journal of New Zealand Literature9 (1991): 59-70.

Glimpses of Childhood Albinski, Nan Bowman. In International Literature in English: Essays on the Major Writers, edited by Ross, Robert L, 39-51. New York: Garland, 1991.

Aspects of Contemporary Māori Writing in English Arvidson, Ken. In Dirty Silence: Aspects of Language and Literature in New Zealand, edited by McGregor, Graham, Williams, Mark, Harlow, Ray, 117-128. Auckland: Oxford UP, 1991.

Textual Strategies of Identity Formation in Witi Ihimaera‘s Fiction Jannetta, Armando E. Commonwealth Essays and Studies12.2 (1990 Spring): 17-28.

‘It All Depends on What Story You Hear’: Historiographic Metafiction and Colin Johnson’s Dr. Wooreddy’s Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World and Witi Ihimaera‘s The Matriarch Tompkins, Joanne. MFS: Modern Fiction Studies36.4 (1990 Winter): 483-498.

The New Zealand Land Wars in Novels by Shadbolt and Ihimaera Wattie, Nelson. In Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English: Cross/Cultures, edited by Davis, Geoffrey V, Maes-Jelinek, Hena, 433-447. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1990.

Tangi: A Window on Maori Life Collellmir, Dolors. BELLS: Barcelona English Language and Literature Studies1 (1989): 53-60.

Witi Ihimaera‘s Fiction: From Indigenous Myth to Late Modernist City Night? Isernhagen, Hartwig. World Literature Written in English24.1 (1984 Summer): 189-199.

The Blending of Traditions: Witi Ihaimaera’s Contribution to New Zealand Literature Martin, Murray S. International Fiction Review10.1 (1983 Winter): 53-55.

Time in Witi Ihimaera‘s ‘Tangi’ Durix, Jean-Pierre. Journal of New Zealand Literature1 (1983): 101-114.

All Any Man with a Club Can Do: Albert Wendt and Witi Ihimaera Nightingale, Peggy. In Myth and Metaphor, edited by Sellick, Robert, 53-70. Adelaide: Centre for Research in the New Literatures in Eng, 1982.

Pakeha and Maori behind the Tattooed Face: The Emergence of a Polynesian Voice in New Zealand Fiction Hughes, Shaun F D. MFS: Modern Fiction Studies27.1 (1981 Spring): 13-29.

Witi Ihimaera, The New Net Goes Fishing Sharkey, Michael. New Literature Review9 ((1981)): 60-64.

Chinua Achebe and Witi Ihimaera Rhodes, H Winston. Literary Half-Yearly21.1 (1980): 104-111.

The Community as Protagonist in the Novels of Chinua Achebe and Witi Ihimaera Wattie, Nelson. In Individual and Community in Commonwealth Literature, edited by Massa, Daniel, 69-74. Msida: U of Malta P, 1979.

Maori Literature in English: Prose Writers, Part Two: Witi Ihimaera Simms, Norman. Pacific Quarterly (Moana): An International Review of Arts and Ideas3(1978): 336-348.

Maori Literature in English: An Introduction Simms, Norman. World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma52 (1978): 223-228.

Lost Our Birthright Forever: The Maori Writer’s Re-Invention of New Zealand James, Trevor. SPAN: Journal of the South Pacific Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies24 (1987 Apr.): 107-121.


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