However, Wendt does wholeheartedly support innovation, change and reinterpretation of those traditions to meet contemporary needs and issues. The contents of the cartons included mementos from Ola’s life including diary entries, lists of things to do, poetry, etc. Education: New Plymouth Boys High School, New Zealand, graduated 1957; Ardmore Teacher's College, diploma in teaching, 1959; Victoria University, Wellington, 1960-64, M.A. Albert Wendt was born in Apia, Samoa. “ We can’t rewalk the exact footprints we make in the stories of our lives but we’ll hear again our footprints like the lullabies our parents sang us the moment our stories end. His novel Sons for the Return Home, 1973 was the first novel to be published by a Samoan writer, and the first feature film to be based on a novel by a Samoan writer in 1979. © Poems are the property of their respective owners. For example, “English-style” cannot adequately account for the everyday experiences of Samoans. In 1977 Wendt returned home to set up the University of the South Pacific Center in Sāmoa. Significantly enough, Inside Us the Dead is the title of his volume of poems. He rejects cultural homogeneity and the idea that a “true Samoan” must think/act/believe in a certain prescribed manner. BIOGRAPHY. Auckland, Longman Paul, 1977; Honolulu, University Press of Hawaii, 1980; London, Penguin, 1987. The Birth and Death of the Miracle Man is a divergence from Wendt's earlier writings. Auckland, Auckland University Press, 1995; published as Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English Since 1980, Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1995. Ola. —Albert Wendt. Albert Wendt ONZ CNZM (born 1939) is a Samoan poet and writer who also lives in New Zealand. As Ellis has suggested, Black Rainbow is “about other texts, constantly calling attention to its status as fiction and to the processes of representation” (“Postmodernism” 101). In 1988 he took up a professorship of Pacific studies at the University of Auckland. When a biographer begins to rearrange Olamaiileoti Farou Monroe's letters, diaries, and poems, he finds that he has begun to reconstruct an entirely singular existence. Image Raymond Sagapolutele: Maualaivao Albert Wendt is considered internationally as one of Samoa’s, Aotearoa’s, and the Pacific’s most influential novelists and poets. Writers in East-West encounter : new cultural bearings.” G. Amirthanayagam, ed. Born: Apia, Western Samoa, ... 1985; Albert Wendt and Samoan Identity by Sina Va'ai, Apia, Samoa, NUS Publications, 1997. Over the past forty years, his writing, his teaching and research have helped change how Samoa, the Pacific, and New Zealand are perceived. Career: Teacher, 1964-69, and principal, 1969-73, Samoa College, Apia; senior lecturer, 1974-75, assistant director of Extension Services, 1976-77, and professor of pacific literature, 1982-87, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. Specifically, his rendering of English as it might be spoken by Samoans serves to indicate the “localized” nature of colonial languages and the limited capacities of these colonial languages to express the experiences of the indigenous peoples. The rise and fall of another titled head of an aiga in Leaves of the Banyan Tree, with his lust for power and his imitation of Papalagi (European) ways, may be related to the social pollution of the islands but have their source in a deeper corruption. He was appointed to the first chair in Pacific literature at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. New Zealand Literature File, University of Auckland Library Albert Wendt was born on February 27, 1948 in Borsdorf, Germany. If at times he lays himself open to adverse critical comment and his intentions have not always been realised, his achievement is nonetheless impressive. Albert Guy Wendt, MD, is a medical oncologist at The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. As the Samoan novelist, short story writer, and poet Albert Wendt has said, he "belongs to two worlds in almost every way." His Master's thesis was about the Mau, Sāmoa's independence movement from colonialism during the early 1900s (decade). Reprinted in, “Pacific maps and fiction(s) : a personal journey.”. Culture is not immutable, the novel suggests, but constantly in flux—modified and enhanced by outside influences. All Rights Reserved Auckland, Auckland University Press, 1984;Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1985. He has published numerous novels, and collections of poetry and short stories. We must try to exorcise these aitu both old and modern” (“Towards a New Oceania” 642). (See Hybridity and Postcolonial Music). Nationality: Samoan. Join a national movement backing the arts in Aotearoa. In 1998 he moved to the University of Auckland where he was appointed Professor of New Zealand Literature. Wendt deals most explicitly with these issues in his essay “Towards a New Oceania” in which he rejects the position espoused by some indigenous elites in the Pacific (and elsewhere) that there should be a conscious return to a pre-contact past and a “traditional culture” untainted by Western influence. Albert Wendt is an acclaimed novelist, poet and short-story writer who was born in Western Samoa in 1939. Albert Wendt was born in Apia, Samoa. He is highly critical of the colonial institutions of school and church that were based on the colonizer’s racist assumptions of superiority. Wendt is of German heritage through his great-grandfather from his patrilineal ancestry, which he reflected it in some of his poetry works. The title itself is drawn from acclaimed Maori artist Ralph Hotere’s Black Rainbow lithograph series protesting nuclear testing in the Pacific (See Nuclear Proliferation in the Third World). Perhaps out of our footprints our children will nurse wiser lullabies.” They are not merely the consequences of racial disharmony, but originate in the His thesis was entitled Guardians and Wards: A study of the origins, causes and the first two years of the Mau in Western Sāmoa. It is these two merging concepts that the author tinkers with in the novel. Albert Wendt was born in Apia, Samoa. Sons for the Return Home. Albert Wendt was born on February 27, 1948 in Borsdorf, Germany. Among his works is Leaves of the Banyan Tree (1979).Albert Wendt … His work has been celebrated all over the world, and has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, German, French and Japanese. He returned in 1965 to Western Samoa, becoming headmaster of Samoa College. “An Interview with Albert Wendt.”, Ed Rampell. He was appointed to the first chair in Pacific literature at the University of the South Pacific in Suva. — Maualaivao Albert Wendt, The Adventures Of Vela. © Poems are the property of their respective owners. LOCATION: Auckland, New Zealand. Author of Leaves of the Banyan Tree and others. . This page was last modified on 29 December 2015, at 20:45. His writing has been inspired by his experiences of growing up both in Samoa and New Zealand and his continued affection for both of these lands and the rich and complex cultures they contain. Professor of English, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Black Rainbow (1992), for example, borrows heavily from science fiction, mystery thrillers, works of “high” culture such as Kafka, Joyce and Camus, Polynesian mythology, and pop culture icons such as Blade Runner and Star Wars. His aim has been far more ambitious, and he has taken greater risks. Albert Wendt ONZ CNZM (born 1939) is a Samoan poet and writer who also lives in New Zealand. In Ola (1991), Wendt begins the novel with a foreword in which he explains that the novel is based on the contents of three beer cartons left on his front verandah by someone named Olamaiileoti Farou Monroe. These two institutions “undermined our confidence and self-respect, and made many of us ashamed of our cultures, transforming many of into Uncle Toms and revenants and what V.S. Albert Wendt, (born October 27, 1939, Apia, Western Samoa [now Samoa]), Samoan novelist and poet who wrote about present-day Samoan life.Perhaps the best-known writer in the South Pacific, Wendt sought to counteract the frequently romanticized, often racist literature about Polynesians written by … Such a position cannot ignore the difficulty most groups and individuals will have in allowing such diversity to coexist in close proximity, but in Wendt’s opinion, allowing such diversity to blossom and grow is necessary for the growth and health of the larger culture and society. Black Rainbow, Wendt's next novel, adopts the devices of science fiction to advocate cultural differentness. In 2013, he was awarded new Zealand’s highest honour, the Order of New Zealand. A Samoan word that functions as both noun and verb, Ola means "life" and "to create life." His thesis was entitled Guardians and Wards: A study of the origins, causes and the first two years of the Mau in Western ... more », More rat than bird,more superstition than fox,you hang from that banyan... more », PrologueInside us the dead, like sweet-honeyed tamarind pods... more », could not find one of your poem ever so maybe. https://cancercenter.arizona.edu/person/albert-guy-wendt-md He studied at Ardmore Teacher's College and at the Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with an M.A. Awards: Landfall prize, 1963; Wattie award, 1980. He studied at Ardmore Teacher's College and at the Victoria University of Wellington, graduating with an M.A. He worked closely with the literary journal Mana, and edited in 1975 collections of poems from Fiji, Western Samoa, the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), and the Solomon Islands. in History. He is a writer and actor, known for Drei kleine Nachtgeschichten (1977), Der Staatsanwalt hat das Wort (1965) and Der Vogelkopp (1986). Albert Wendt ONZ CNZM (born 1939) is a Samoan poet and writer who also lives in New Zealand. Thus, Wendt has not only been a key contributor to Pacific literature, but he has been a major force in its promotion both within and beyond the academy. The comedy and the tragedy, the violence, the horror and the glory of human life, together with man's desperate search for the meaning of existence, are localised in a village setting populated by an extraordinary variety of characters. He is of German heritage through his great-grandfather from his patrilineal ancestry. Auckland, Longman Paul, 1974;Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press, 1999. Editor, Nuanua: A Pacific Anthology. in History. In 1974 he moved to Fiji, where he taught at the University of the South Pacific. Albert Wendt's short stories, providing a complex and profound understanding of people and the world, have been read and praised in New Zealand, the Pacific and internationally. He has published numerous novels, and collections of poetry and short stories. Auckland, Penguin, 1990; Honolulu, University of HawaiiPress, 1995. He was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction 2012, New Zealand. “‘The Techniques of Storytelling’: An Interview with Albert Wendt.”, Hereniko, V. & D. Hanlon. In 1999 Wendt was visiting Professor of Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. Dokumentarni film. Comes the Revolution (produced Suva, Fiji, 1972). Wendt is of German heritage through his great-grandfather from his patrilineal ancestry, which he reflected it in some of his poetry works. He returned in 1965 to Western Samoa, becoming headmaster of Samoa College. That was back in 1973. His third novel, Leaves of the Banyan Tree, won the New Zealand Wattie Book of the Year Award. Maualaivao Albert Wendt has been publishing since the early 1960s and is recognized internationally as one of New Zealand’s, Samoa’s, and the Pacific’s major novelists, poets, and intellectuals. Primary Contributions (1) American Samoa. With these raw materials, Wendt claims merely to have rearranged “the pieces in such a way that the readers (including Ola) could see the connections, a unity” (7-8).

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