Dr Doreen D'Cruz

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Senior Lecturer

School of English & Media Studies

Telephone: +64 (06) 356 9099  ext. 81976

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Room Six, Colombo Village Building Eight, Turitea
Ph: 06 3569099 81976

Research Expertise

Research Interests

Twentieth-century fiction, especially British, American, Indo-Anglian and New Zealand fiction, feminist narratology and gender representation.


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of Research Codes
British and Irish Literature (200503): Indian Literature (200520): Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Literary Theory (200525): Maori Literature (200504): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505): North American Literature (200506): Other Literatures in English (200508)

Research Projects

Completed Projects

Project Title: The Lonely and the Alone: The Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction

Aloneness, loneliness, isolation, the isolated consciousness, the many possible guises of outsider-status, alienation, and exclusion -- these have especial potency in New Zealand life and literature. The prominence of the motif or topos of the man or woman alone has been widely recognized by literary historians and critics, but this work is the first book-length exploration of it, extended to encompass the broader theme of isolation. This study treats selected novels and short stories from the late-nineteenth century through to the early-twenty-first. Close readings of works by George Chamier, G.B. Lancaster, Katherine Mansfield, John Mulgan, Graham Billing, William Satchell, John A. Lee, Robin Hyde, Frank Sargeson, Fiona Kidman, Noel Hilliard, Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera, Keri Hulme, and Alan Duff take their place alongside more comprehensive chapters devoted to selected works by two major novelists, Janet Frame and Maurice Gee. Other literary works receive brief mention.
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Date Range: 2009 - 2010

Funding Body: Massey University

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