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Maoriland : New Zealand literature, 1872-1914 / Jane Stafford and Mark Williams.

By: Stafford, Jane, 1951-.
Contributor(s): Williams, Mark, 1951- | Williams, Mark, 1951- [author.] | Williams, Mark, 1951-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Wellington [N.Z.] : Victoria University Press, 2006Description: 350 pages : illustrations ; 21cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780864735225 (pbk.); 0864735227 (pbk.).Subject(s): New Zealand literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism | New Zealand literature -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Maori (New Zealand people) in literature | Māori in literature | New Zealand literature 19th century History and criticism | New Zealand literature 20th century History and criticismDDC classification: 820.9
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This critical examination of Maoriland literature argues against the former glib dismissals of the period and focuses instead on thenbsp;era's importancenbsp;in the birth of a distinct New Zealand style of writing. By connecting the literature and other cultural forms of Maoriland to the larger realms of empire and contemporary criticism, this study explores the roots of thenbsp;country's modern feminism, progressive social legislation, and bicultural relations.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 326-340) and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. 7)
  • List of Illustrations (p. 9)
  • Introduction: Colonialism and Embarrassment (p. 10)
  • 1 The Encyclopedic Fantasy of Alfred Domett (p. 23)
  • 2 The Bright Unstoried Waters: Jessie Mackay (p. 57)
  • 3 Henry Lawson's Aesthetic Crisis (p. 85)
  • 4 Smoothing the Pillow of a Dying Race: A. A. Grace (p. 110)
  • 5 Katherine Mansfield: A Modernist in Maoriland (p. 142)
  • 6 Edith Searle Grossmann: Feminising the Bush (p. 171)
  • 7 Blanche Baughan's Spiritual Nationalism (p. 201)
  • 8 Gentlemen in the Bush: William Satchell (p. 226)
  • 9 The Maori Writer in Maoriland (p. 256)
  • Conclusion: The Ends of Maoriland (p. 268)
  • Notes (p. 276)
  • Bibliography (p. 326)
  • Index (p. 341)

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Stafford (Victoria Univ., Wellington, New Zealand) and Williams (Univ. of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand) attempt to reevaluate late-19th- and early-20th-century writing from New Zealand, a literature commonly called (and maligned as) Maoriland writing. Most of the works by the nine writers discussed here fell out of favor in mid-20th-century New Zealand, in large measure because of their seeming adherence to colonialist modes of representation, e.g., the simplistic and ideologically troubling racial romance, which seemed antithetical to developing notions of modernity and national consciousness in the burgeoning nation. Through close and discursively contextualized readings of the works and lives of the writers, Stafford and Williams demonstrate how Maoriland writing negotiates its ambivalence toward Europe and toward New Zealand simultaneously, often through problematic representations of the indigene. The authors survey the work of Alfred Domett, Jessie Mackay, Henry Lawson, A. A. Grace, Katherine Mansfield, Edith Searle Grossmann, Blanche Baughan, and William Satchell; fittingly, they conclude with a chapter on early Maori writer Apirana Ngata. In treating settler writing in New Zealand, this volume complements such titles as Terry Goldie's Fear and Temptation (CH, Jan'90, 27-2568) and Robert Dixon's Writing the Colonial Adventure (CH, Jul'96, 33-6136). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. C. Eustace Acadia University