Term of Award
Master of Arts in English (M.A.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Literature and Philosophy
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
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.
Sarver, Sabryna Nicole, "Creating Aotearoa through Discourse: Language and Character in Keri Hulme's The Bone People" (2008). Electronic Theses & Dissertations. 170.