Sia Figiel (2428 words)


Sia Figiel made her breakthrough in Oceanian literature with her first novel, Where We Once Belonged,and her novella, The Girl in the Moon Circle, both published in 1996.Their literary novelty lies in the way the author denounces not only some of the Western clichés about the Pacific way of life, but also Samoan patriarchy and women’ s harsh condition. Her creative writing urges readers to reconsider what the term “colonisation” means in contemporary Samoa when it is coupled with the word “woman”. They Who Do Not Grieve (1999), the sequel to Where We Once Belonged, takes up many themes and motifs developed in the first two works, but with less borrowing from Samoan orature and with a more …

Citation: Lacabanne, Sonia. "Sia Figiel". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 July 2015 [, accessed 02 March 2021.]

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