Genealogy and Geography in Patricia Grace's Tu

Material TypeArticleLanguageEnglish
TitleGenealogy and Geography in Patricia Grace's Tu Author(S)Erin Suzuki (Author)
Abstract  This article examines how Patricia Grace uses the process of narrative adaptation as a way to meaningfully reinvigorate important cultural links between genealogy and geography in her 2004 novel Tu. This meticulously researched historical novel-about three brothers who enlist with the 28th "Maori" Battalion in World War II-blends thematic and symbolic concepts drawn from Maori genealogical praxis (whakapapa) with events drawn from oral histories, newspaper reports, and personal journals. The result is a powerful transnational genealogical narrative that directly links political, cultural, and affective connections forged abroad to the ongoing development and rejuvenation of a dynamic local culture at home. ...Paginationp 112-127
SubjectLiteratureDescriptorsEnglish fiction
Journal TitleModern Fiction Studies  
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