Blinding whiteness. A Problem of colonial desire in Sygurd Wiśniowski’s Children of the Queen of Oceania Cover Image
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Oślepiająca biel. Problem kolonialnego pożądania w Dzieciach królowej Oceanii Sygurda Wiśniowskiego
Blinding whiteness. A Problem of colonial desire in Sygurd Wiśniowski’s Children of the Queen of Oceania

Author(s): Wacław Forajter
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Instytut Badań Literackich Polskiej Akademii Nauk

Summary/Abstract: The main problem of the article is the portrait of half-breeds in the Polish travel literature about 19th century New Zealand. The main protagonist of Wiśniowski’s book is Tikera who is a half-breed woman. Her descent becomes a cause of the narrative complications. As a half-Maōri and half-European woman, she feels incomplete and monstrous. Thus, at any price she attempts to escape from this confusion by the marriage with a white man. Wiśniowski’s novel, despite its idea of emancipation from under the power of oppressive authority, is entirely contingent with Eurocentric outlook referring to Western civilization superiority over the exotic wildness.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 301-316
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish