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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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Indigenous Pacific Fiction in English

Indigenous Pacific Fiction in English

The ‘Niu Wave’

(p.511) 33 Indigenous Pacific Fiction in English
The Oxford History of the Novel in English

Mohit Prasad

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the ‘niu wave’ of Indigenous Pacific novels written in English. The ‘new wave’ of South Pacific fiction was marked by the appearance of Albert Wendt's second anthology, Nuanua (1995), by new theorizing such as Epeli Hauʻofa's essay ‘Our Sea of Islands’ in A New Oceania (1993), and by the academic recognition of Pacific writing in collections of critical commentary such as Paul Sharrad's Reading Pacific Literature (1993). Two works by Regis Stella, Imagining the Other: The Representation of the Papua New Guinean Subject (2006) and Unfolding Petals: Readings in Modern PNG Literature (2012), have returned writing from the western Pacific to a more visible place in the region's culture. The chapter considers examples of the ‘niu wave’ and an expanded pan-Pacific awareness, including Rexford T. Orotaloa's Two Times Resurrection (1985), Sam Lidimani Alasia's Fata'abu: the voice of God (2003), Russell Soaba's Maiba (1985), and Celestine Hitiura Vaite's Breadfruit and Frangipani (2004).

Keywords:   Indigenous Pacific novel, South Pacific fiction, Albert Wendt, Pacific literature, Regis Stella, Indigenous Pacific fiction, Rexford T. Orotaloa, Sam Lidimani Alasia, Russell Soaba, Celestine Hitiura Vaite

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