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Title: A World of Insight and Wisdom that Came for the Pacific: or, Epeli Hau’ofa on All Our Human Follies
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/7687
Abstract: Epeli Hau'ofa (1939-2009), the Tongan scholar and cultural reformer of South Pacific cultural policies and international relations, was Australia-educated, and focussed on Armidale, NSW at a most significant time in his life. That developing sensitivity did not change in the rest of his life. His early and most widely accessible comic writing is both Rabelasian in its surface plots, and deeply ironic as it endeavours to interpret the human consequences of policies seemingly well intended but disastrous in the event - this being the new 'Glorious Pacific Way'. At the moderate end of the satiric spectrum, his moralistic fictions rely on laughter, wit, irony, irony, and milder forms of ridicule. The great crimes for the Ocean people are those of pretense and omission, and the thrust of his writing is to question so much that is not traditional, selfless and gentle. Starting as a folklorist and satirist, Epeli Hau'ofa would broaden his vision to become a social and religious thinker of vital significance for all the small nations of the southern Pacific as they enter the twenty first century.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Folklore, v.24, p. 152-168
Publisher: Australian Folklore Association
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 0819-0852
Field of Research (FOR): 200507 Pacific Literature
200508 Other Literatures in English
200524 Comparative Literature Studies
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940303 International Organisations
950305 Conserving Natural Heritage
950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Other Links: http://www.une.edu.au/folklorejournal/index.php
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