John, Leonie (2020). With your foodbasket and my foodbasket, the visitors will be well: Combining Postcolonial and Indigenous Theory in Approaching Maori Literature. Ariel-Rev. Int. Engl. Lit., 51 (2-3). S. 149 - 177. CALGARY: ARIEL UNIV CALGARY. ISSN 1920-1222

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While postcolonial theory enjoys sustained popularity in literary studies, several Indigenous scholars remain skeptical of this framework. Yet proposed alternative approaches such as Kaupapa Maori are also linked to some difficulties, especially for Western scholars looking at Indigenous literary output. As this article demonstrates, it is important to acknowledge drawbacks on both sides, although doing so does not mean that either framework should be neglected. Instead, I argue that both provide valuable lenses and that their tensions generate possibilities of cross-fertilization. By applying Indigenous theories to and pitting them against postcolonial studies, a new critical perspective emerges that allows the reader/researcher to move beyond binary schemata while at the same time valuing the particularity of the respective Indigenous context. Drawing on the specific case of Aotearoa (New Zealand), this article contends that positioning oneself as a manuhiri (visitor) to Maori literature enables a foreign researcher to adopt an ethically sustainable, culturally viable, and credible position. The article thus opens up new possibilities for literary analysis in Indigenous contexts, particularly in relation to creative works from Aotearoa.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-338110
DOI: 10.1353/ari.2020.0012
Journal or Publication Title: Ariel-Rev. Int. Engl. Lit.
Volume: 51
Number: 2-3
Page Range: S. 149 - 177
Date: 2020
Place of Publication: CALGARY
ISSN: 1920-1222
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
LiteratureMultiple languages


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