Dr Doreen D'Cruz

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Senior Lecturer

School of English & Media Studies

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Research Expertise

Research Interests

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

Thematics

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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Research Outputs

Journal

D'Cruz, D. (2014). Gendering the colonial narrative: Fictional historiography in Fiona Kidmans the Captive Wife. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 50(3), 341-353
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2010). Along the ''many-stranded circle'': Narrative spiralling from isolation to homecoming in Patricia Grace's 'Cousins'. Journal of Postcolonial Writing. 45(4), 459-471
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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Baker, W., Womack, K., Saxon, T., Blair, K., Brannigan, J., D'Cruz, D., . . . Swan, M. (2007). The Years Work in English Studies. 86
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2007). 'The problem of self and other in Maurice Gee's prowlers'. The Journal of New Zealand Literature. 25, 70-93
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D' Cruz, D. (2007). Women, time and place in Fiona Kidman's The 'Book of Secrets'. JOURNAL OF COMMONWEALTH LITERATURE. 42(3), 63-81
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2006). Textual enigmas and disruptive desires in Jane Campion's sweetie. AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST STUDIES. 21(49), 7-22
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2006). The Year's Work in English Studies [associate editor]. The Year's Work in English Studies Volume 85. 85
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2003). Configuring the dynamics of dispossession in Rohinton Mistry's A fine balance and Arundhati Roy's The god of small things. New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies. 5(2), 56-76
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (1999). The liquid alterity of the maternal-feminine in Toni Morrison's 'Beloved'. AUMLA-JOURNAL OF THE AUSTRALASIAN UNIVERSITIES LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE ASSOCIATION. (92), 51-79
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (1995). "Contesting the `One Law - the One Sublimating Transcendent Guarantor': Elizabeth Jolley's The Well and The Sugar Mother.". SPAN. 40, 54-71
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (1993). "Feminism in the Post-Colonial Context: Shashi Deshpande's Fiction.". SPAN. 36, 453-470
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (1987). "Comedy and Moral Stasis in Greene's The Comedians.". Renascence: essays on values in literature. 40(1), 53-63
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (1986). "Emptying and Filling Along the Existential Coil in A Passage to India.". Studies in the Novel. 18(2), 193-205
[Journal article]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

Book

D'Cruz, D., & Ross, John C., .(2011). The lonely and the alone: The poetics of isolation in New Zealand fiction. Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi
[Authored Book]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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Baker, W., Womack, K., Saxon, T., Blair, K., Brannigan, J., D'Cruz, D., . . . Swan, M. (Eds.) (2007). The Year’s Work in English Studies.. (Vol. 86) Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: D'Cruz, D.
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Baker, W., Womack, K., Beer, J., Blair, K., Brannigan, J., D'Cruz, D., . . . Swan, M. (Eds.) (2006). The Year’s Work in English Studies.. (Vol. 85) Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: D'Cruz, D.
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Baker, W., Womack, K., Beer, J., Blair, K., Brannigan, J., D'Cruz, D., . . . Swan, M. (Eds.) (2005). The Year’s Work in English Studies.. (Vol. 84) Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: D'Cruz, D.
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Baker, W., Womack, K., Beer, J., Brannigan, J., D'Cruz, D., Fischer, O., . . . Swan, M. (Eds.) (2004). The Year’s Work in English Studies. (Vol. 83) Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: D'Cruz, D.
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Baker, W., Womack, K., Beer, J., Brannigan, J., D'Cruz, D., Fischer, O., . . . Swan, M. (Eds.) (2003). The Year’s Work in English Studies. (Vol. 82) Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: D'Cruz, D.
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Baker, W., Womack, K., Beer, J., Brannigan, J., D'Cruz, D., Fischer, O., . . . Swan, M. (Eds.) (2002). The Year’s Work in English Studies. (Vol. 81) Oxford: Oxford University Press
[Edited Book]Edited by: D'Cruz, D.
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D'Cruz, D.(2002). Loving subjects: Narratives of female desire. New York, NY: Peter Lang
[Authored Book]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (1998). "Fashion.". (pp. 198 - 200). Chicago: Fitzroy, Dearborn
[Chapter]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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D'Cruz, D. (1994). "Rosamond Lehmann.". (pp. 383 - 384). London: St James Press
[Chapter]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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D'Cruz, D. (1991). "Barbara Anderson.". In L. Henderson, & N. Watson (Eds.) Contemporary Novelists (Fifth Edition). (pp. 42 - 43). Chicago and London: St James Press
[Chapter]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (1986). "Chandran Nair -- `The Land'.". In Critical Engagements: Singapore Poems in Focus. (pp. 48 - 52). Singapore: Heinemann Asia
[Chapter]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

Conference

D'Cruz, D. (2011, September). Isolation and the uncanny double: Chamier, Lancaster, and Mansfield. Presented at "Man Alone" Stout Research Centre Conference. Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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D'Cruz, D. (2008, November). Feminist fictional historiography in Fiona Kidman's 'The Captive Wife'. Presented at Feminist Conjunctions Conference
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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D'Cruz, D. (2003, February). Configuring the dynamics of dispossession in two post-colonial texts: Arundhati Roy's The god of small things and Rohinton Mistry's A fine balance. Presented at Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 32nd Conference. Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2001, June). Testing boundaries: Interdisciplinary approaches to the interpretation of psychoses. Presented at No Sense of Discipline: An International Conference on Interdisciplinarity. University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

Other

D'Cruz, D. (2012). Fiona Kidman.
[Other]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2011). Patricia Grace: Cousins. The Literary Encyclopedia
[Other]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2010, September). The isolation of cultural exile in 'The Bone People'. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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D'Cruz, D. (2008, May). Along the many-stranded circle: Narrative spiralling from isolation to homecoming in Patricia Grace's cousins. Presented at Massey University, New Zealand. : School of English and Media Studies.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.

D'Cruz, D. (2007, May). Maurice Gee and postmodern isolation. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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D'Cruz, D. (2006, April). Woman and time in Fiona Kidman's 'The Book of Secrets'. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: D'Cruz, D.
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Supervision and Teaching

Papers Coordinated

Completed Postgraduate Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2014 - Robert Redmond- PhD
    The Femme Fatale in Postfeminist Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction: Redundant or Re-Inventing Herself?

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