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Breaking with English: the nation as ethnoscape

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Broken English and the bone people, a New Zealand film and novel respectively, fall into the category of nation-building texts. Many narratives in this 'genre' accomplish cultural reunification through the family. However, these two works are particularly intriguing because they use land and specific spaces in order to work through these transcultural shifts as they are played out within the main characters' relationships. 'Breaking with English' is therefore not only a linguistic concept, but also a metaphor for the transculturation of bodies and land undertaken throughout these two titles.

Keywords: Cinema; Ethnoscape; Maori; Nation-building; New Zealand; Novel; Pakeha; Postcolonial; Transculturation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill USA

Publication date: 2004-03-01

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