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A history of New Zealand literature

A history of New Zealand literature

Williams, Mark, 1951- editor

This volume explores the genealogy of New Zealand writing from the colonial period to the present day. Beginning with a comprehensive introduction that charts the development of a national literary tradition, this history includes extensive essays that illuminate the cultural and political intricacies of New Zealand literature. A History of New Zealand Literature traces the genealogy of New Zealand literature from its first imaginings by Europeans in the eighteenth century. Beginning with a comprehensive introduction that charts the growth of, and challenges to, a nationalist literary tradition, the essays in this History illuminate the cultural and political intricacies of New Zealand literature, surveying the multilayered verse, fiction and drama of such diverse writers as Katherine Mansfield, Allen Curnow, Frank Sargeson, Janet Frame, Keri Hulme, Witi Ihimaera and Patricia Grace. Written by a host of leading scholars, this History devotes special attention to the lasting significance of colonialism, biculturalism and multiculturalism in New Zealand literature. A History of New Zealand Literature is of pivotal importance to the development of New Zealand writing and will serve as an invaluable reference for specialists and students alike

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Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Mark Williams
ISBN: 1316547515, 9781316547519
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xv, 404 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: United Kingdom, Great Britain; New Zealand literature History and criticism.; Colonialism & imperialism; New Zealand In literature.; Literary studies: general; Literature: history & criticism; New Zealand; Ireland; Literature; Australasian & Pacific history; Literary reference works; National liberation & independence, post-colonialism; LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781107085350


  1. Introduction Mark Williams
  2. 1. A world of waters: imagining, voyaging, entanglement Ingrid Horrocks
  3. 2. Early Māori literature: the writing of Hakaraia Kiharoa Arini Loader
  4. 3. Samuel Butler's influence Simon During
  5. 4. Maoriland reservations Jane Stafford
  6. 5. Katherine Mansfield: colonial modernist Bridget Orr
  7. 6. Colonial ecologies: Guthrie-Smith's Tutira and writing in the settled environment Philip Steer
  8. 7. Defiance and melodrama: fiction in the period of national 'invention', 1920-50 Alex Calder
  9. 8. Journalism and high culture: Robin Hyde among the cultural nationalists Nikki Hessell
  10. 9. 'Simply by sailing in a new direction': the poetics of distance Stuart Murray
  11. 10. 'Rough architects': New Zealand literature and its institutions from Phoenix to Landfall Christopher Hilliard
  12. 11. Against the social pattern: New Zealand fiction, 1950-70 Timothy Jones
  13. 12. Janet Frame: myths of authorship, 1950-90 Marc Delrez
  14. 13. Te ao hou: Te pataka Alice Te Punga Somerville
  15. 14. Out of the drawing room and onto the beach: drama, 1950-70 Mark Houlahan
  16. 15. 'Physician of society': the poet in the 1950s and 1960s Alan Riach
  17. 16. From Hiruharama to Hataitai: the domestication of New Zealand poetry, 1972-90 Harry Ricketts and Mark Williams
  18. 17. The novel, the short story and the rise of a new reading public, 1972-90 Lydia Wevers
  19. 18. 'Dbed and chocolate wheaten beaten': drama defining the nation, 1972-90 David O'Donnell
  20. 19. The Māori renaissance 1972 Melissa Kennedy
  21. 20. 'While history happens elsewhere': fiction and political quietism, 1990-2014 Dougal McNeill
  22. 21. Anecdote in post-1990s New Zealand poetry Anna Smaill
  23. 22. From exploring identity to facing the world: drama since 1990 Stuart Young
  24. 23. From meadow to paddock: children's and young adult literature Anna Jackson
  25. 24. 'Nafanua and the New World': Pasifika's writing of Niu Zealand Selina Tusitala Marsh
  26. 25. New Zealand literature in the program era, or, the spirit of nationalism past Hugh Roberts
  27. Index.


'... a rewarding collection replete with the pleasure of new information that is both strange and strangely familiar.' Elizabeth McMahon, Australian Book Review