Term of Award

Spring 2008

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Literature and Philosophy

Committee Chair

Joe Pellegrino

Committee Member 1

Caren Town

Committee Member 2

Gautam Kundu

Abstract

I will be looking at Keri Hulmes novel The Bone People as a postcolonial text. The beginning will explore the current conversations taking place about the importance of language(s) within texts that are deemed postcolonial as they relate to Hulmes novel which is written in both Maori and English. Other important postcolonial ideas applicable to the text such as space, magical realism, and current postcolonial theory will be looked at. Previous criticism will also be examined. The final sections of this thesis will focus on Hulmes three main characters separately: Joe, Kerewin, and Simon, and their places within and outside the text. These sections will center intensely on each characters use of the Maori language. These are the sections where I will bring all of the previously discussed points to bear on the novel, and prove that the bone people is a successful postcolonial text.

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