Jane McRae (essay date 1991)
SOURCE: McRae, Jane. “Māori Literature: A Survey.” In The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English, edited by Terry Sturm, pp. 1-24. Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford University Press, 1991.
[In the following essay, McRae documents Maori oral and written literature as it developed in New Zealand, including brief discussions of poetry, publishing history, and cultural and political context.]
HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY SETTING
Before there was a literature of New Zealand, there was a Māori oral tradition of Aotearoa with an ancient history which began in the Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki. A Māori literary tradition has a recent...
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