Alan Duff: Brown Man’s Burden

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Abstract

This article positions Maori author Alan Duff in relation to the New Right free market economy which emerged in New Zealand in the late 1980s. It argues that Duff’s ambivalent images of contemporary Maori in his novel Once Were Warriors (1990), its sequel What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted (1996), and his autobiography, Out of the Mist and Steam (1999), ignore postcolonial discourses, clash with values of Maori Renaissance writing, and bypass biculturalism. Duff’s unrepresentative neo-colonialism and his hybrid Maori-Pakeha identity become the ‘brown man’s burden’ rather than the white man, as earlier liberal Pakeha celebrations of the Maori such as Roderick Findlayson’s stories in The Brown Man’s Burden (1938) had acknowledged. Although his raw style and Maori English argot have revitalised the local tradition of realist writing, and his focus on social problems experienced by some Maori has exposed biculturalism’s limitations, Duff’s work remains marginal to identity politics at the national level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-142
Number of pages28
JournalBritish Review of New Zealand Studies (BRONZS)
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Fingerprint

Burden
Pakeha
Realist
Discourse
Warrior
1980s
Biculturalism
Free Market
Autobiography
New Right
Neocolonialism
New Zealand
Local Traditions
Market Economy
Identity Politics
Social Problems

Keywords

  • Alan Duff
  • biculturalism
  • Maori English
  • violence
  • New Right free market economy
  • Once Were Warriors

Cite this

@article{b478d7981e2f4562bb43117ccbec4586,
title = "Alan Duff: Brown Man’s Burden",
abstract = "This article positions Maori author Alan Duff in relation to the New Right free market economy which emerged in New Zealand in the late 1980s. It argues that Duff’s ambivalent images of contemporary Maori in his novel Once Were Warriors (1990), its sequel What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted (1996), and his autobiography, Out of the Mist and Steam (1999), ignore postcolonial discourses, clash with values of Maori Renaissance writing, and bypass biculturalism. Duff’s unrepresentative neo-colonialism and his hybrid Maori-Pakeha identity become the ‘brown man’s burden’ rather than the white man, as earlier liberal Pakeha celebrations of the Maori such as Roderick Findlayson’s stories in The Brown Man’s Burden (1938) had acknowledged. Although his raw style and Maori English argot have revitalised the local tradition of realist writing, and his focus on social problems experienced by some Maori has exposed biculturalism’s limitations, Duff’s work remains marginal to identity politics at the national level.",
keywords = "Alan Duff, biculturalism, Maori English, violence, New Right free market economy, Once Were Warriors",
author = "Wilson, {Janet M}",
year = "2008",
month = "1",
day = "1",
language = "English",
volume = "17",
pages = "115--142",
journal = "British Review of New Zealand Studies (BRONZS)",
issn = "0951-6204",

}

Alan Duff: Brown Man’s Burden. / Wilson, Janet M.

In: British Review of New Zealand Studies (BRONZS), Vol. 17, 01.01.2008, p. 115-142.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Alan Duff: Brown Man’s Burden

AU - Wilson, Janet M

PY - 2008/1/1

Y1 - 2008/1/1

N2 - This article positions Maori author Alan Duff in relation to the New Right free market economy which emerged in New Zealand in the late 1980s. It argues that Duff’s ambivalent images of contemporary Maori in his novel Once Were Warriors (1990), its sequel What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted (1996), and his autobiography, Out of the Mist and Steam (1999), ignore postcolonial discourses, clash with values of Maori Renaissance writing, and bypass biculturalism. Duff’s unrepresentative neo-colonialism and his hybrid Maori-Pakeha identity become the ‘brown man’s burden’ rather than the white man, as earlier liberal Pakeha celebrations of the Maori such as Roderick Findlayson’s stories in The Brown Man’s Burden (1938) had acknowledged. Although his raw style and Maori English argot have revitalised the local tradition of realist writing, and his focus on social problems experienced by some Maori has exposed biculturalism’s limitations, Duff’s work remains marginal to identity politics at the national level.

AB - This article positions Maori author Alan Duff in relation to the New Right free market economy which emerged in New Zealand in the late 1980s. It argues that Duff’s ambivalent images of contemporary Maori in his novel Once Were Warriors (1990), its sequel What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted (1996), and his autobiography, Out of the Mist and Steam (1999), ignore postcolonial discourses, clash with values of Maori Renaissance writing, and bypass biculturalism. Duff’s unrepresentative neo-colonialism and his hybrid Maori-Pakeha identity become the ‘brown man’s burden’ rather than the white man, as earlier liberal Pakeha celebrations of the Maori such as Roderick Findlayson’s stories in The Brown Man’s Burden (1938) had acknowledged. Although his raw style and Maori English argot have revitalised the local tradition of realist writing, and his focus on social problems experienced by some Maori has exposed biculturalism’s limitations, Duff’s work remains marginal to identity politics at the national level.

KW - Alan Duff

KW - biculturalism

KW - Maori English

KW - violence

KW - New Right free market economy

KW - Once Were Warriors

UR - https://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=779541339086683;res=IELHSS

M3 - Article

VL - 17

SP - 115

EP - 142

JO - British Review of New Zealand Studies (BRONZS)

JF - British Review of New Zealand Studies (BRONZS)

SN - 0951-6204

ER -