Abstract

Margaret Mahy's The Tricksters (1986), Aliens in the Family (1986), Memory (1987) and Kaitangata Twitch (2005) equate the experience of being an adolescent with the experience of being a Pakeha, a New-Zealander of European descent. They do so by making the Pakeha adolescent a chronotope of Maori space and European time. Mahy uses the fluidity of adolescence to destabilize expectations about race as self-contained and complete, and the fluidity of Pakeha identity to destabilize expectations about the boundaries between child and adult.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-1201
Print ISSN
0885-0429
Pages
pp. 408-425
Launched on MUSE
2009-01-16
Open Access
No
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