New Zealand Literature Criticism: Overviews And General Studies - Essay

Terry Sturm (essay date 1991)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Sturm, Terry. “Popular Fiction.” In The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English, edited by Terry Sturm, pp. 493-541. Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford University Press, 1991.

[In the following essay, Sturm provides a detailed overview of the publishing history and circumstances as well as significant literary characteristics of popular and romantic fiction published by New Zealand authors.]


In 1908 the influential New York publishing firm of Doubleday Page offered some friendly advice to G. B. Lancaster (the pen-name of Edith Lyttleton, 1873-1945), whose fourth book they had recently published. The...

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Bridget Orr (essay date 1996)

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

SOURCE: Orr, Bridget. “The Maori House of Fiction.” In Cultural Institutions of the Novel, edited by Deidre Lynch and William B. Warner, pp. 73-95. Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 1996.

[In the following essay, Orr discusses Maori writing in the context of New Zealand's writing history, remarking on the lack of critical analysis of indigent Maori texts by mainstream critics.]


In 1973, Witi Ihimaera published Tangi, the first novel by a Maori writer. In the twenty years since that first text emerged, many other novels by Maori, including Patricia Grace, Keri Hulme, Heretaunga Pat Baker, and Alan Duff have appeared, achieving...

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