Writing place – the politics of locality: <i>Hawai'i One Summer</i> (1987/1998)

Helena Grice

in Maxine Hong Kingston

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780719064029
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701003 | DOI:
Writing place – the politics of locality: Hawai'i One Summer (1987/1998)

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Published in the wake of her first literary success, but reissued in 1988, Hawai'i One Summer reminds us of Kingston's strong attachment to place: here the Hawai'i of her early married years, where she worked as a teacher, raised her son and wrote her first fiction. As an extensive meditation upon place and environment in Hawai'i, the pieces here together represent Kingston's imbrication in a politics of ecology, and specifically a form of ecological feminism as well. This chapter argues that Hawai'i One Summer warrants critical attention as providing an additional, previously unconsidered, perspective upon this renowned writer.

Keywords: Maxine Kingston; Hawai'i One Summer; Hawai'i; ecological feminism; ecology

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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