New Zealand Literature Criticism: New Zealand Fiction - Essay

Heather Roberts (essay date September 1975)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Roberts, Heather. “Mother, Wife and Mistress: Women Characters in the New Zealand Novel from 1920 to 1940.” Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly 29, no. 3 (September 1975): 233-47.

[In the following essay, Roberts suggests that the female characters populating New Zealand fiction between 1920 and 1940 can be divided into three major categories: those who fulfill traditional female roles of wife and mother; those who intrude into traditionally male domains; and those who reject traditional roles in favor of a new place in society.]

Joan Stevens has called the novelists of the period from 1920 to 1940 ‘The Forerunners’1 and the women characters...

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Joseph Jones and Johanna Jones (essay date 1983)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Jones, Joseph, and Johanna Jones. “Expatriates.” In New Zealand Fiction, pp. 22-32. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1983.

[In the following essay, the Joneses offer an account of expatriate New Zealand writing, focusing on such authors as Katherine Mansfield, Jane Manders, Shirley Maddock, Robin Hyde, and James Courage.]

It was not that either Katherine Mansfield or Frances Hodgkins totally lacked leisure, paper, pens and paint in New Zealand; on the contrary, each added to her impediments and poverty by going away. They did lack, however, an environment in which they could hope to work themselves to the full. They were conscious of great...

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Leonard Wilcox (essay date fall 1985)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Wilcox, Leonard. “More Versions of the Pastoral: Postmodernism in the New Zealand Context.” Journal of Popular Culture 19, no. 2 (fall 1985): 107-20.

[In the following essay, Wilcox discusses postmodernism as it is expressed in New Zealand's literature, contending that it is closely related to the country's concern regarding ideas of national and cultural identity.]

Foreskin's Lament, a play by New Zealander Greg McGee, was greeted enthusiastically by critics and audiences when it first appeared here in 1981. One reason for its great appeal was its provocative exploration of Rugby and Rugby culture. But beyond this the play spoke to New Zealanders...

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