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The Oxford History of the Novel in EnglishVolume 12: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Since 1950$
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Coral Ann Howells, Paul Sharrad, and Gerry Turcotte

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199679775

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199679775.001.0001

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Major Authors: Albert Wendt, Sia Figiel, Epeli Hau‘ofa

Major Authors: Albert Wendt, Sia Figiel, Epeli Hau‘ofa

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The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Michelle Keown

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the work of three Indigenous Pacific novelists: Albert Wendt, Sia Figiel, and Epeli Hauʻofa. Wendt, Figiel, and Hauʻofa all come from the anglophone south-west of Oceania, where Indigenous Pacific literature in English first emerged and became established as an academic field of study in the 1970s. The establishment of the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji in 1968 played an important part in their literary trajectories, particularly Wendt and Hauʻofa. The South Pacific Creative Arts Society (SPCAS), founded at USP in 1972, provided publishing opportunities for many emerging writers from the countries served by USP. The chapter examines examples of fiction by Wendt, Figiel, and Hauʻofa, such as Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979, Wendt), Where We Once Belonged (1996, Figiel), and Tales of the Tikongs (1983, Hauʻofa).

Keywords:   publishing, Indigenous Pacific novelists, Albert Wendt, Sia Figiel, Epeli Hauʻofa, Indigenous Pacific literature, University of the South Pacific, Where We Once Belonged, Tales of the Tikongs, Indigenous Pacific novel

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