English faculty candidate talk: Noʻu Revilla

February 21, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Mānoa Campus, KUY 410

Title of Presentation: Form a Native Daughter: Fragments Toward a Moʻo Poetics

Abstract: Inspired by the title of Haunani-Kay Trask’s seminal collection of essays From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaiʻi, Noʻu Revilla's presentation will weave poetry and critical discussions of Native Hawaiian Literature. By centering the figure of moʻo as kiaʻi (protector), Revilla will address the metaphor of shapeshifting in her poetry as both a strategy of survival and an act of regeneration to explore issues of desire, belonging, and intergenerational cycles of trauma and healing. Moʻo, who represent a class of akua in Hawaiian culture, are shapeshifting water protectors whose kuleana to wai and waiwai position them as models of erotic sovereignty and transformative healing. Revilla's presentation will connect the page to the stage and perform a moʻo poetics that offers methodologies of craft and creative writing pedagogy rooted in Hawaiʻi nei.

Ticket Information
Free & open to the public

Event Sponsor
English, Mānoa Campus

More Information
S. Shankar, (808) 956-3088, engchair@hawaii.edu

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