Janet Frame

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Claire Bazin

‘Bazin’s argument is focused, beautifully and carefully presented…original in its etymological discoveries and analyses of Frame’s language and key themes.’ Journal of New Zealand Literature.


This study examines the whole of Frame’s output starting with the fiction (novels, short-stories and poems) before focusing on the two autobiographical novels, Owls do Cry  and Faces in the Water,  to end with the autobiographical trilogy, a sort of restorative prism inviting us to (re) read all her preceding works. It is the autobiography and its film version, An Angel at my Table, that won her international fame. Frame’s life is extraordinary, not only because she was spared a lobotomy by winning a prize for her collection of short stories, but also because writing from the ‘rim of the farthest circle’, she provides food for thought for anyone interested in postcolonial and gender studies.



‘She demonstrates how the autobiography can be seen as a hermeneutic tool to reread the novels, as it sheds light on her previous works, which Bazin views as belonging to the autobiographical category and illustrating the fine line between autobiography and fiction.’ Book News Inc Concise coverage of scholarly, reference, & sci-tech-med books


Author: Bazin, Claire

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'Bazin's argument is focused, beautifully and carefully presented...original in its etymological discoveries and analyses of Frame's language and key themes'.Journal of New Zealand Literature

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