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The Oxford history of New Zealand literature in English / edited by Terry Sturm.

Contributor(s): Sturm, Terry, 1941- | Sturm, Terry | Sturm, Terry, 1941-2009.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Oxford University Press, 1991Description: xviii, 748 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 019558211X (hbk.).Subject(s): New Zealand literature -- Bio-bibliography | New Zealand literature -- History and criticism | New Zealand literatureGenre/Form: New Zealand literature -- History and criticism. | New Zealand literature -- Bio-bibliography.DDC classification: NZ820.9
New Zealand literature
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Reference - not for loan 820.9 OXF 1 Reference Only T00117279
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This is the first comprehensive history of New Zealand literature. Chapters on the novel, poetry, and the short story, which have been the staple of other histories and surveys, have been augmented by sections on drama, non-fiction, children's literature, popular literature, and the history ofpublishing, patronage, and literary magazines. While major authors figure prominently, this book also contains a wealth of information about lesser known figures of, and forgotten periods in, the country's literary history.

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 710-734).

Includes bibliographical references (p. [601]-709) and index.

Includes index.

New Zealand literature : History and criticism

2 11 12 18 22 37 44 63 69 89 91 94 96 159 172

Reviews provided by Syndetics


When Patrick Evans's Penguin History of New Zealand Literature appeared (Auckland, 1990), it filled a 50-year gap in critical surveys of that country's literature. The work under review follows close in Evans's wake. A much longer work, it offers a more comprehensive survey, and as the product of 11 contributors, it necessarily presents a more diverse range of viewpoints. The standard of the contributors is remarkably consistent, except for the unhappy division of the survey of poetry bewteen two critics: Mac D. Jackson, lively and engaging, and Elizabeth Caffin, rather drab and uninvolving. The History includes chapters on the recently adopted stepchildren of literary criticism, popular literature and children's literature and nonfiction, but one is always conscious in this survey that these offspring are only adopted. Their inclusion could probably be justified if their relevance to the traditional literary genres were clearly established, but the writers of these chapters never effectively demonstrate that relevance and make unconvincing claims about the significance of much that fades into oblivion. This history should be considered the standard reference work in its area. The fine bibliographical essay that concludes the volume is the only one of its kind in New Zealand scholarship.-J. B. Beston, Nazareth College of Rochester