English Research Seminar Series

Of Warriors and Soldiers

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research seminar series, Dr Ulla Ratheiser, University of Innsbruck, presents: Of Warriors and Soldiers: Explorations of the Noble Warrior in Contemporary New Zealand Literature and Culture.

  • From: Wednesday 20 April 2016, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 20 April 2016, 3 pm
  • Location: 019, Mary Ann Evans building, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research seminar series, Dr Ulla Ratheiser, University of Innsbruck, presents: Of Warriors and Soldiers: Explorations of the Noble Warrior in Contemporary New Zealand Literature and Culture.

Not only because New Zealand once more demonstrated its dominance in world rugby in 2015, it sometimes seems a better version of Britain, thousands of miles away in the South Pacific. And yet, despite being a loyal Dominion, the small island nation strongly attempts to validate its independent, postcolonial status, by proudly promoting a demonstrable New Zealand literature, which in fact reaches far back into pre-colonial times.

A recurrent trope in literary and cultural productions in Aotearoa that ostentatiously tries to bridge pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial times is that of the noble (Māori) warrior. Interestingly enough, it features prominently not only in a Māori context but is also employed by the Pākeha majority as a means to establish a distinctive New Zealand identity. This research seminar will try to explore in more detail the roots of the warrior image, its relevance in a (post-) colonial framework and the backlash it may create in an attempt to create or enforce agency.

This seminar is hosted by Dr Jenni Ramone.

Location details

Room/Building:

019, Mary Ann Evans building

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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