November 25, 2020
Cook essay act of indigenous rebellion
A Waikato essayist is urging indigenous writers to break out of western styles.
Alice Te Punga Somerville's how-to guide on deconstructing colonialism and structural racism, Two Hundred and Fifty Ways to Start an Essay about Captain Cook, has just been published in the BWB Texts series.
The associate professor of Māori & Indigenous studies at the University of Waikato has compiled indigenous research and insights to challenge readers to think differently about Cook's global colonial legacy and also to inspire other writers.
"It looks at how a lot of other indigenous people have written, including Māori, but it's not just looking at other scholarship and academic writing but also poetry, visual arts, all the ways we can express what we want to express about the world without being paralysed and thinking 'if I'm going to write it has to be this way,'" Dr Somerville says.
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