Narrative and Identity Construction in the Pacific Islands

| University of Waikato
ISBN 9789027249340 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268679 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Comprising of more than twenty five percent of the world’s known languages, the Pacific is considered to be the most linguistically diverse region in the world. What unifies the region is the culture of storytelling, which provides a fundamental means for perpetuating cultural knowledge across generations. The volume brings together linguists, literary theorists, anthropologists and historians to explore the Pacific peoples’ constructions of identities through narrative. Chapters are organized under three themes: fine grained analysis at the storyworld level, the interactional context of narrative telling, and finally, the interconnections between narrative and cultural memory. The volume reflects the Pacific region’s rich linguistic and cultural diversity, with discussions on the narrativization patterns in Australian and New Zealand English, Palmerston Island and Pitkern-Norfl’k English, Fiji Hindi, Hawaiian, Samoan, Solomon Island Pidgin, the Australian Aboriginal languages Jaminjung and Kriol, the Micronesian languages Mortlockese and Guam Chamorros, and the Vanuatuan languages Auluan, Neverver and Sa.
[Studies in Narrative, 21]  2015.  xvi, 260 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Editor’s note
Glossing abbreviations
About the authors
Inside the storyworld
Moving through space and (not?) time: North Australian dreamtime narratives
Dorothea Hoffmann
We’ve never seen a cyclone like this: Exploring self-concept and narrator characterisation in Aulua
Martin Paviour-Smith
Telling narratives, constructing identities
Local ecological knowledge in Mortlockese narrative: Stance, identity and knowing
Emerson Lopez Odango
Small stories and associated identities in Neverver
Julie Barbour
‘Sometime is lies’: Narrative and identity in two mixed-origin island languages
Rachel Hendery, Peter Mühlhäusler and Joshua Nash
Narrative memories, cultures and identities
Constructing Kanaka Maoli identity through narrative: A glimpse into native Hawaiian narratives
Christopher K. Baker
‘Stories of long ago’ and the forces of modernity in South Pentecost
Murray Garde
Australian South Sea Islanders’ narratives of belonging
Clive Moore
Avatars of Fiji’s Girmit narrative
Brij V. Lal
Samoan narratives: Sociocultural perspectives
Emma Kruse Va’ai
“[P]ulling tomorrow’s sky from [the] kete” Culture-specific narrative representations of re/membering in contemporary Māori and first Australian novels
Hanne Birk
Beyond exile: The Ramayana as a living narrative among Indo-Fijians in Fiji and New Zealand
Kevin C. Miller
Embodied silent narratives of masculinities: Some perspectives from Guam Chamorros
David A. de Frutos and Alexandre C. de la Rosa
“For anyone interested in narrative research this book presents a broad range of conceptual and methodological approaches. The inter-disciplinary focus of researchers and the cultural diversity of storytellers remind us that there are many ways to understand and explore narrative and identity. Rich in data, the chapters draw readers into story worlds that are interesting, informative, and surprising!”
“The study of narrative is the study of human experience: This book draws on the wisdom of researchers and native speakers from across the Pacific, to share in the experience of humanity and to celebrate the linguistic creativity of the peoples living there. A book for linguists, anthropologists and anyone who loves a story.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

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BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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