Janet Frame

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Frame, Janet

(Janet Paterson Frame Clutha) (klo͞o`thə), 1924–2004, New Zealand novelist, b. Dunedin. Frame's complex, disturbing novels are marked by startling images and masterful language. Often drawn from her own years of institutionalization in psychiatric hospitals, including her rescue from a scheduled lobotomy (due to a misdiagnosis of schizophrenia) after her first book won a local prize, her books depict disturbed and often visionary people living on the edge of madness or death. These themes are especially vivid in her first published work, a book of short stories entitled The Lagoon (1951), and her first two novels, Owls Do Cry (1957) and Faces in the Water (1961).

In all, Frame wrote a total of 13 novels, including The Rainbirds (1968), Intensive Care (1970), Daughter Buffalo (1972), Living in the Maniototo (1979), The Carpathians (1988); a 1963 work, Towards Another Summer, that was not published until 2007; and In the Memorial Room, written in the early 1970s but not published until 2013. Frame's other works include a volume of poems, The Pocket Mirror (1967); the short-story collection The Reservoir and Other Stories (1966); and a children's book. Between My Father and the King (2013) encompasses four decades of her short stories.


See her autobiographical trilogy, To the Is-land (1982), An Angel at My Table (1984), and The Envoy from Mirror City (1985); M. King, Wrestling with the Angel: A Life of Janet Frame (2000) and An Inward Sun: The World of Janet Frame (2002); studies by P. Evans (1977), J. Delbaere, ed. (1992), J. D. Panny (1993, rev. ed. 2002), G. Mercer (1994), M. Delrez (2002), S. Oettli-van Delden (2003), and M. Wikse (2006); biographical film, An Angel at My Table (1990), dir. by J. Campion.

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Chapter Three turns to the analysis of a single author's fiction, that of one of New Zealand's best known and most highly regarded writers, one who has "most assiduously cultivated the 'territory of loneliness'" (123): Janet Frame.
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Apart from a mention at the time in the New Zealand News UK, a British weekly for Kiwi expatriates, it went unnoticed until 2002, when-- despite its imperfections--it provided a quirky supporting act to the serious literary stars Samuel Butler and Janet Frame in "From Erewhon to Nowhere: A Leitmotif of New Zealand Poetry?
Taking its cue from these guidelines, the first essay by Valerie Baisnee tackles autobiographical discourse in 1980s texts by two New Zealand authors, Janet Frame and Lauris Edmond.
Dangerous Writings: The Autobiographies of Willa Muir, Margaret Laurence and Janet Frame.
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Published in May 2011, Jan Cronin's The Frame Function is, if I count well, the tenth monograph to be entirely dedicated to the study of New Zealand's best-known author Janet Frame (1924-2004).
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