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"Where Will This River Flow?": Modernity, Indigeneity and Eco-crisis in the Theatre of Miria George

"Where Will This River Flow?": Modernity, Indigeneity and Eco-crisis in the Theatre of Miria George “WHERE WILL THIS RIVER FLOW?”: MODERNITY, INDIGENEITY AND ECO-CRISIS IN THE THEATRE OF MIRIA GEORGE DAVID O’DONNELL I was once taken to task by a group of students for comparing New Zealand playwright Miria George to Shakespeare. As part of a lecture on George’s and what remains (2005), I contrasted her poetic use of the repetition of key words and phrases to a similar technique in Shakespeare’s later plays. I was interrupted by a Pākehā male student in his 30s who insisted “you can’t compare Miria George to Shakespeare.” He took up his cause after the lecture, heading a small group of protestors, arguing that it was ridiculous to even mention a young beginner writer from New Zealand in the same sentence as the most acclaimed playwright of all time. This comparison became hotly debated in that week’s tutorials and one thing that emerged was that the protest group was in the minority, and that for some students— especially those of Māori and Pasifi ka descent—George’s play was more interesting and relevant to them than the plays of Shakespeare. In part the student protest refl ected what Alice Te Punga Somerville, who co-taught this course with me, has described http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png symploke University of Nebraska Press

"Where Will This River Flow?": Modernity, Indigeneity and Eco-crisis in the Theatre of Miria George

symploke , Volume 26 (1) – Nov 28, 2018

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“WHERE WILL THIS RIVER FLOW?”: MODERNITY, INDIGENEITY AND ECO-CRISIS IN THE THEATRE OF MIRIA GEORGE DAVID O’DONNELL I was once taken to task by a group of students for comparing New Zealand playwright Miria George to Shakespeare. As part of a lecture on George’s and what remains (2005), I contrasted her poetic use of the repetition of key words and phrases to a similar technique in Shakespeare’s later plays. I was interrupted by a Pākehā male student in his 30s who insisted “you can’t compare Miria George to Shakespeare.” He took up his cause after the lecture, heading a small group of protestors, arguing that it was ridiculous to even mention a young beginner writer from New Zealand in the same sentence as the most acclaimed playwright of all time. This comparison became hotly debated in that week’s tutorials and one thing that emerged was that the protest group was in the minority, and that for some students— especially those of Māori and Pasifi ka descent—George’s play was more interesting and relevant to them than the plays of Shakespeare. In part the student protest refl ected what Alice Te Punga Somerville, who co-taught this course with me, has described

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Published: Nov 28, 2018

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