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New Zealand Literature has been at the centre of Dell’s research interests. She was a Guest Professor at the Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel, where papers she taught included ‘The Development of the New Zealand Short Story’ and ‘Maori Culture and Literature’.
Dell’s most recent publication, Let the Writer Stand: the Work of Vincent O’Sullivan, addresses his achievement in nine different genres. Attractively presented, the work opens most chapters with the cover image of an O’Sullivan book in the genre under discussion. Dell’s publications include essays in international reference texts and chapters in books.
A collection of Dell’s short stories, Wounding Without Intent and other stories, is being prepared for publication by Steele Roberts. She hopes, also, to bring out a new edition of I Have What I Gave: the Fiction of Janet Frame. Her original chapters will not be changed; they were endorsed by Frame herself (see her letter to Elizabeth Alley in Kōtare: Notes and Queries, Victoria University’s on-line journal, Volume Six, 2006). A new Introduction will consider research into Frame’s work since 1992.
Let the Writer Stand: the Work of Vincent O’Sullivan, Wellington, Steele Roberts, 2015.
Plume of Bees: A Literary Biography of C. K. Stead, Auckland, Cape Catley, 2009.
Editor ofCollectively Speaking: Te Manawa Art Society – the First Fifty Years, Wellington, Dunmore Press, 2009.
John Bevan Ford: Paintings, Auckland, David Bateman Ltd, 2004.
Unfurling: Poems by Judith Dell Panny, Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, 2003.
I Have What I Gave: The Fiction of Janet Frame, revised edition, Palmerston North, Dunmore Press, 2002. (Wellington, Daphne Brasell Associates, 1992; New York, George Braziller, 1993.)
Turning the Eye: Patricia Grace and the Short Story, Christchurch, Lincoln University Press and Daphne Brasell Associates, 1997.
“Benign Xenophobia? The Testimony of Maori Literature”, Embracing the Other: Addressing Xenophobia in the New Literatures in English (Cross/Cultures 95), ed. Dunja M. Mohr, Amsterdam/New York, Rodopi, 2008.
“A Cultural-Historical Reading of Cousins by Patricia Grace”, Kōtare, Volume Six, ed. Peter Whiteford,Victoria University of Wellington, 2006.
“Inside the Spiral: Maori Literature in English”, Towards a Transcultural Future (Cross/Cultures 79), eds. Davis, Marsden, Ledent and Delrez,Amsterdam/New York, Rodopi, 2005.
"Tuwhare's Deep Talk", Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, XXXVI. 4, Wuerzburg, Verlag Koenigshausen & Neumann, 2004.
“Man’s Ignorance of the Human Compass: Janet Frame and the Wise Men”, Literatur in Wissenschaft und Unterricht, XXXII 1, Wuerzburg, Verlag Koenigshausen & Neumann, 1999.
Critical appraisal of "Snowman, Snowman" by Janet Frame, in Short Story Criticism, Vol 29 (hard-covered volume and CD-Rom/Galenet), Detroit, Gale Research Inc, 1998.
“Potiki by Patricia Grace”; “The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera”; “Mihi: Collected Poems by Hone Tuwhare”, in Kindlers Neues Literatur Lexikon, Bd. 21 & 22, München, Kindler Verlag, 1998.
“Frame, Janet (Paterson)”, “Swans”, The Reference Guide to Short Fiction, St James Press, Chicago, 1994.
"A Hidden Dimension in the Fiction of Janet Frame", The Journal of New Zealand Literature, Volume 11, Dunedin, The Department of English, University of Otago, 1993.
“World and Underworld in Janet Frame’s Novels”, Mediating Cultures: Probleme des Kulturtransfers, Essen, Die Blaue Eule, 1992.
“Opposite and Adjacent to the Postmodern”, The Ring of Fire, ed. Professor Jeanne Delbaere, Aarhus, Dangaroo Press, 1992.
I am at present completing my edition of the Merlínússpá of Gunnlaugr Leifsson and other poems for “Skaldic Poetry in the Scandinavian Middle Ages”. A book-length project in progress is “Starcather: Forgotten hero of the Viking Age” (working title). I am also one of four editors of a projected collective volume provisionally entitled “Egil, the Viking Poet. New approaches to Egil’s Saga”. In various stages of completion and submission are article-length projects relating to the literary records of the Viking Age: topics include the cultivation of autobiographical memory; ideology of sovereignty; cultural transfers; and proverbial and admonitory discourse. I am also engaged in short projects on Old and Middle English poetry.
Fellow of the Royal Society of CanadaFellow of the New Zealand Academy of Humanities, Hon. Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Distinguished University Professor, emeritus, The University of Western Ontario
Formerly Professor of Medieval Studies (personal chair), Massey University
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History of the book, in the UK and New Zealand (historical bibliography; I collaborated with K. A. Coleridge in contributing a chapter ‘Printing and production’ to the seminal study Book and Print in New Zealand: A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa, published in 1997); New Zealand literature; late 17th century and early-18th English literature, with especial interest in drama; Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and poetry; eighteenth century English novels. I have published, taught, and supervised or examined theses, in one or other of these fields. Since 2000 I have acted as lead examiner for two PhD theses, at Auckland and Massey Universities.
George Eliot: A Bibliographical History. New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Publishers; London: The British Library, 2003. In collaboration with William Baker.
Harold Pinter: A Bibliographical History. London: The British Library; New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Publishers, 2005. In collaboration with William Baker.
The Lonely and the Alone: The Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction. Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2011. In collaboration with Doreen D’Cruz.
Samuel Palmer of London, Printer (1717-1732): His Career, Printing and Ornament Stock. Oxford: Oxford Bibliographical Society. Forthcoming: submitted for copy-editing by the OBS editors; should be published in 2014 or 2015.
‘“Comedy Elevating Its Voice”: Tragic Intertextualities in Congreve’s The Double-Dealer.’ Bibliographical Society of Australia & New Zealand Bulletin [BSANZB], 25. 1& 2 (2001):135-44 (special issue: Printers & Readers: In Memoriam D. F. McKenzie 1931-1999). Reprinted in: Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, 28. 2 (Fall 2004): 19-30.
‘Stephen Gosson and The Merchant of Venice,’ Notes & Queries, n.s. 50. 1 (2003): 36-37.
‘Harrison, George Bagshawe (1890-1991), university teacher and literary scholar.’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, edited by H. G. C. Matthews and Brian Harrison, 60 vols. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2004. Vol. 25, pp. 498-501.
‘Jevons, Thomas (1651/2-1688), actor and playwright.’ ODNB, Vol. 30, pp. 99-100.
‘Palmer, Samuel (bap. 1692, d. 1732), printer and historian of printing.’ ODNB, Vol. 528-29.
‘Robson, William (1785/6-1863), author and translator.’ ODNB, Vol. 47, p. 446.
‘Francis Twiss (bap. 1695, d. 1767), concordance compiler.’ ODNB, Vol. 55, pp. 732-33.
‘The Forerunner: An Intriguing New Zealand Little Magazine,’ BSANZB, 5th series, 28. 4 (2004 [published 2006]): 71-83.
Six short entries in: The Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by Michael F. Suarez & H. R. Woudhuysen. 2 vols. Oxford: OUP, 2010.
‘Charles Ackers Revisited: Biographical Details and Further Books,’ Script & Print: BSANZB 36. 2 (2012): 30-48.
The Turnbull Library Record, 37 (2004), for The Friends of the Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington.
Off the Record (2004 issue), for The Friends of the Alexander Turnbull Library.
Review of: William Baker and Gerald N. Wachs, Tom Stoppard: A Bibliographical History. London: The British Library; New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll, 2010. Script & Print: BSANZB 37.1 (2013): 51-57.
Theatre reviewing for productions at Centrepoint Theatre and elsewhere, for The Dominion Post, or, more recently (since about 2008), for John Smythe’s website Theatreview.
‘“Companion of Ostriches”: The Testing of Job.’ One-act play, given amateur production, Wesley-Broadway Arts & Theology Centre, Palmerston North. Duplicated script now lodged with Playmarket, Wellington. Based on ‘The Book of Job,’ Old Testament.
‘Biblical Chicks.’ One-act play, given amateur production, same locale. Duplicated script now lodged with Playmarket. Four sequences, dealing with Eve, Mrs Noah, Hagar and Sarah, Ruth and Naomi.
‘Loyalty.’ Southern Ocean Review, 39 (April 2006): 33-35. Short story.
‘Belonging Somewhere.’ a fine line, November 2009, p. 21. Poem.
‘Hitting the Fan.’Poetry on Palmy: Poems about Palmerston North by Local Poets. Palmerston North: Published for Community Arts by Freedom Print, 2010 (unpaginated).
‘A Bofors Gun.’ a fine line, July 2011, p. 24. Poem.
‘Motelstown,’ ‘Being and not-yet-being.’ Poetry New Zealand, 47 (2013): 73-74. Poems.
‘A Routine Procedure.’ The Rangitawa Collection: Short Stories by New Zealand Authors 2013. Compiled and edited by Jill Darragh. Feilding: Rangitawa, 2013: 112-18. Short story.
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