Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature

Finding Meaning Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature Winner of the Native American Literature Symposium s Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Monograph In this first extensive study of contemporary Hawaiian literature Brandy Nalani McDougall examines

  • Title: Finding Meaning: Kaona and Contemporary Hawaiian Literature
  • Author: Brandy Nalani McDougall
  • ISBN: 9780816531981
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the Native American Literature Symposium s Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Monograph In this first extensive study of contemporary Hawaiian literature, Brandy Nalani McDougall examines a vibrant selection of fiction, poetry, and drama by emerging and established Hawaiian authors, including Haunani Kay Trask, John Dominis Holt, Imaikalani Kalahele, and VictoWinner of the Native American Literature Symposium s Beatrice Medicine Award for Published Monograph In this first extensive study of contemporary Hawaiian literature, Brandy Nalani McDougall examines a vibrant selection of fiction, poetry, and drama by emerging and established Hawaiian authors, including Haunani Kay Trask, John Dominis Holt, Imaikalani Kalahele, and Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl At the center of the analysis is a hallmark of Hawaiian aesthetics kaona, the intellectual practice of hiding and finding meaning that encompasses the allegorical, the symbolic, the allusive, and the figurative With a poet s attention to detail, McDougall interprets examples of kaona, guiding readers through olelo no eau proverbs , mo olelo literature and histories , and mooku auhau genealogies alongside their contemporary literary descendants, unveiling complex layers of Hawaiian identity, culture, history, politics, and ecology Throughout, McDougall asserts that kaona connectivity not only carries bright possibilities for connecting the present to the past, but it may also ignite a decolonial future Ultimately, Finding Meaning affirms the tremendous power of Indigenous stories and genealogies to give activism and decolonization movements lasting meaning.

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