Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia
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220pp. June 2006
Varua Tupu: New Writing from French Polynesia
Editor: Stewart, Frank; Mateata-Allain, Kareva; Mawyer, Alexander Dale;
Winner of the Excellence in Literature Award, 2007 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Awards

Varua Tupu: New Writing and Art from French Polynesia strengthens the ancient ties between Hawai'i and the islands of French Polynesia by translating the voices of an emerging Ma'ohi (Polynesian) literary community into English and showcasing the cultural arts of the region in general. This volume features translations of a variety of locally celebrated genres, including poetry, memoir, and fiction. Though this work is focussed on the current moment, it includes fresh translations of poet Henri Hiro, who served as a spark to the tinder of the Tahitian cultural renaissance in the 1960s and 1970s and who continues to inspire the current generation of literary activists. Since the eighteenth century, a mythic and misleading image of Tahiti has become familiar to the world at large. Varua Tupu represents the first opportunity for the international community to experience the many islands of Te Ao Ma'ohi through their own voices and visual arts.
Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing
Editor: Stewart, Frank; Mateata-Allain, Kareva; Mawyer, Alexander Dale;
Frank Stewart is the general editor of MANOA. Kareva Mateata-Allain, of Tuamotu, French, and British parentage, is ABD in Languages and Literature at the University of New Mexico; a teacher, scholar, translator, and creative writer, she is actively engaged in the struggle of Ma'ohi women writers to have their voices heard, to have their fiction and poetry published, and to have their work reach an international audience through translation. Alexander Dale Mawyer conducted linguistic and anthropological research in French Polynesia under the aegis of a Fulbright-Hays grant and is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Chicago.



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