Two Hundred and Fifty Ways to Start an Essay about Captain Cook, No. 29:
With a Non-argument that’s Actually an Argument. Captain Cook? It’s all so very complex. I’m going to sit on the fence. (Whose fence? On whose land? Dividing what from what? You only have a fence when you fear something or when you’re trying to keep something in. Or, as a renovation show on TV informed me, when you want to upgrade your street appeal.)
Alice Te Punga Somerville employs her deep research and dark humour to skilfully channel her response to Cook’s global colonial legacy in this revealing and defiant BWB Text.
Listen to Alice Te Punga Somerville's Michael King Memorial Lecture at the Auckland Writers Festival Waituhi o Tāmaki (2021)
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