New Zealand Literature Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Anderson, Atholl. “The Beast Without: The Moa as a Colonial Frontier Myth in New Zealand.” Signifying Animals: Human Meaning in the Natural World, edited by Roy Willis, pp. 236-45. London: Unwin Hyman, 1990.

Brief discussion of the significance of Moa sightings in colonial travel literature from New Zealand.

Arvidson, Ken. “Aspects of Contemporary Māori Writing in English.” In Dirty Silence: Aspects of Language and Literature in New Zealand, edited by Graham McGregor and Mark Williams, pp. 117-28. Auckland, New Zealand: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Describes the major differences between Maori and Pakeha writing in New Zealand.

Berry, Reginald. “A Deckchair of Words: Post-colonialism, Post-modernism, and the Novel of Self-projection in Canada and New Zealand.” Landfall: New Zealand Arts and Letters 40, no. 3 (September 1986): 310-23.

Analyzes the nature of self as expressed in the postcolonial and postmodern novels of New Zealand and Canada.

During, Simon. “Waiting for the Post: Some Relations between Modernity, Colonization, and Writing.” Past the Last Post: Theorizing Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism, edited by Ian Adam and Helen Tiffin, pp. 23-45. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: University of Calgary Press, 1990.

Surveys the development of modernism in the context of colonial and postcolonial cultures and literatures.

Simms, Norman. “Maori Literature in English: An Introduction.” World Literature Today: A Literary Quarterly of the University of Oklahoma 52, no. 2 (1978): 223-28.

Brief history of Maori literature.

Wainwright, Christopher. “Notes in Criticism in New Zealand Society.” Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly 27, no. 1 (March 1973): 55-68.

Analyzes the development of radical criticism in New Zealand, including brief discussions of political radicalism, radical feminism, and Maori radicalism.

Wattie, Nelson. “The New Zealand Land Wars in Novels by Shadbolt and Ihimaera.” Crisis and Creativity in the New Literatures in English, edited by Geoffrey V. Davis and Hena Maes-Jelinek, pp. 433-47. Amsterdam-Atlanta, Ga.: Rodopi, 1990.

Discusses the treatment of the New Zealand land wars in two novels.