Alternative title: The Circle & the Spiral
Is part of Cross/Cultures series - publisher
Issue Details: First known date: 2004 2004
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From publisher's blurb: 'In Aboriginal and Maori literature, the circle and the spiral are the symbolic metaphors for a never-ending journey of discovery and rediscovery. The journey itself, with its indigenous perspectives and sense of orientation, is the most significant act of cultural recuperation. The present study outlines the fields of indigenous writing in Australia and New Zealand in the crucial period between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s - particularly eventful years in which postcolonial theaory attempted to "centre the margins" and indigenous writers were keen to escape the particular centering offered in seach of other positions more in tune with their creative sensibilities. Indigenous writing relinquished its narrative preference for social realism in favour of traversing old territory in new spiritual ways; roots converted to routes.' ... The Circle and the Spiral looks for 'locally and culturally specific tracks and traces that lead in other directions than those catalogued by postcolonial convention. This agenda is pursued by means of searching enquiries into the historical, anthropological, political and cultural determinants of the present state of Aboriginal and Maori writing (principally fiction).'

Notes

  • Includes the following chapters:

    1. Beginnings : Circles and Spirals (1-32)
    2. Death of the Author - Rebirth of the Storyteller (33-67)
    3. Exile and Return - From the Landscapes of Unbelonging: The Social Realism of the Aboriginal and Maori Fringe (69-125)
    4. The Void as Creative Metaphor : The Bone People by Keri Hulme (127-184)
    5. The Community as Protagonist : Potiki by Patricia Grace (185-222)
    6. The Land as Text - The Text as Land : Master of the Ghost Dreaming by Mudrooroo (223-267)
    7. Writing the Circle - The Politics of the Sacred Site : The Kadaitcha Sung by Sam Watson (269-312)
    8. Endings - or Beginnings (313-345)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Rodopi , 2004 .
      Extent: xiv, 360p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Number 68 of the Cross/Cultures Series.
      ISBN: 9042010584

Works about this Work

How Newness (Not) Comes into the World : Eva Rask Knudsen's The Circle and the Spiral Simone Drichel , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 22 no. 4 2006; (p. 507-512)
Untitled Dieter Riemenschneider , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Journal of Postcolonial Writing , May vol. 42 no. 1 2006; (p. 107-108)

— Review of Complicities : Connections and Divisions : Perspectives on Literatures and Cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region 2003 anthology criticism ; The Circle and the Spiral : A Study of Australian Aboriginal and New Zealand Maori Literature Eva Rask Knudsen 2004 single work criticism
Untitled Katherine Russo , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Humanities Review , August-October no. 33 2004;

— Review of The Circle and the Spiral : A Study of Australian Aboriginal and New Zealand Maori Literature Eva Rask Knudsen 2004 single work criticism
The Circle and the Spiral: 'New Traditionalism' and Difficult Positionings in Indigenous Australian and New Zealand Maori Literature Katherine Russo , 2004 single work review essay
— Appears in: Anglistica , vol. 8 no. 1-2 2004; (p. 257-263)

— Review of The Circle and the Spiral : A Study of Australian Aboriginal and New Zealand Maori Literature Eva Rask Knudsen 2004 single work criticism
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