Janet Frame's work is notorious for the demands it makes on reader and critic. This collection of nine new essays by international Frame specialists draws on a range of critical frameworks to explore fresh ways of looking at Frame's fiction, poetry, and autobiography. At the same time, the essays plug into the energy of Frame's work to challenge our thinking within and beyond these frameworks.
Frameworks offers a unique perspective on Frame studies today, showcasing its major concerns as well as heralding new Frame narratives for the decade ahead. Mindful of preceding Frame criticism, these essays use their contemporary vantage-point to recast seminal questions about the relationship between Janet Frame's work and its critical contexts.
Each of the essays makes a case for framing her work in a particular way, but all are characterized by self-reflexivity regarding their own critical practice and the relationship they assume between exegetical framework and Frame's work. Underlying this practice, and contained within the pun of the title, are the elementary-sounding yet fundamental questions of Frame studies: How does Frame's work work? And how do we work with her work?
Jan Cronin lectures in contemporary literature in the Department of English at the University of Auckland. Simone Drichel lectures in postcolonial literature in the Department of English at the University of Otago.
Acknowledgements Introduction I: Meta-Critical Frame(s) Jan Cronin: Through a Glass Darkly: Reading the Enigmatic Frame Jennifer Lawn: Playing with Freud: Radical Narcissism and Intertextuality in Frame's Intensive Care and Daughter Buffalo II: Metaphysical Frame(s) Lydia Wevers: Self Possession: `Things' and Janet Frame's Autobiography Anna Smaill: Beyond Analogy: Janet Frame and Existential Thought Valerie Basnee: A Home in Language: The (Meta)Physical World of Janet Frame's Poetry Isabel Michell: "Turning the stone of being": Janet Frame's Migrant Poetic III: Beyond the Frame(s) of Representation Marc Delrez: "Conquest of surfaces": Aesthetic and Political Violence in the Work of Janet Frame Chris Prentice: Janet Frame's Radical Thought: Symbolic Exchange and Seduction in Living in the Maniototo and The Carpathians Simone Drichel: "Signposts to a world that is not even mentioned": Janet Frame's Ethical Transcendence Notes on Contributors Index