Sā Nafanuā: Reconstituting Nafanua as Female Empowerment in Samoan Diasporic Literature

  title={Sā Nafanuā: Reconstituting Nafanua as Female Empowerment in Samoan Diasporic Literature},
  author={C. Lesuma},
  journal={Journal of American Folklore},
  pages={260 - 274}
  • C. Lesuma
  • Published 2019
  • History
  • Journal of American Folklore
Abstract:Works by Samoan poets mobilize stories about the war-goddess Nafanua as a symbol for Samoan empowerment through cultural revitalization. I analyze these poems using an Oceanic framework based on Selina Marsh's concept of mana tama'ita'i, which outlines an Indigenous approach to reading poetry by Pacific Islands women, and ku'ualoha ho'omanawanui's reworking of Indigenous literary nationalism, which reveals these texts as representative of a Samoan literary identity that is inclusive of… Expand
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