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The Unsettled Settler: Herakles the Colonist and the Labours of Marian Maguire

Hawes, Greta

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Could we imagine a new set of adventures for that old adventurer, Herakles? What would he have gotten up to, for example, in colonial New Zealand? In Herakles Writes Home, a striking lithograph from Marian Maguire’s The Labours of Herakles, the black-figure hero scribbles away inside his wooden homestead. The distinctive, conical peak of Taranaki seen through a window locates the scene on the western cape of New Zealand’s North Island. Above his head, Maori carvings—pressed into new service...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorHawes, Greta
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-24T22:42:15Z
dc.identifier.issn0095-5809
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/99009
dc.description.abstractCould we imagine a new set of adventures for that old adventurer, Herakles? What would he have gotten up to, for example, in colonial New Zealand? In Herakles Writes Home, a striking lithograph from Marian Maguire’s The Labours of Herakles, the black-figure hero scribbles away inside his wooden homestead. The distinctive, conical peak of Taranaki seen through a window locates the scene on the western cape of New Zealand’s North Island. Above his head, Maori carvings—pressed into new service as bookends—guard a small library which takes in Homer, the Bible, and accounts of life in the South Pacific. A Greek Maori dictionary hints at the practicalities, and problems, of cross-cultural translation; the ongoing effort of understanding, and the constant battle to be understood. Frederick Maning’s Old New Zealand would offer mediated insights of another kind. Written by one of the most famous Pakeha Maori,1 it is an account of Maori culture written for a European audience by a man at home in both worlds.
dc.publisherAfrican Studies Center of Boston University
dc.rightsThe publisher permission to archive the version was granted via email on 28/06/2017
dc.sourceArion - Journal of Humanities and the Classics
dc.titleThe Unsettled Settler: Herakles the Colonist and the Labours of Marian Maguire
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume23
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor200510 - Latin and Classical Greek Literature
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9803255xPUB1181
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationHawes, Greta, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage11
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage27
local.identifier.doi.2307/arion.23.2.0011
local.identifier.absseo950203 - Languages and Literature
dc.date.updated2020-12-20T07:43:50Z
local.identifier.thomsonID000364601500002
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