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Contact details: D.Dcruz@massey.ac.nz
My research has been primarily in twentieth-century fiction in English, with a strong emphasis on the intersections between feminism and fictional forms.
In the last decade or so, I shifted my attention to New Zealand fiction, resulting in the publication of The Lonely and the Alone: The Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction (Rodopi 2011), together with John Ross.
I am currently working on a series of essays on Fiona Kidman's novels, some of which have already been published in various journals. In a departure from my usually trodden paths, I recently produced an essay on James K. Baxter's prose, published in Quarrels with Himself (VUP 2017), edited by Peter Whiteford and Geoffrey Miles. I am also an editor of the New Zealand volume of The Literary Encyclopedia.
Articles, Contributions to Books and to Reference Sources:
"Emptying and Filling Along the Existential Coil in A Passage to India." Studies in the Novel, Vol. 18, No. 2 (Summer 1986): 193-205.
"Comedy and Moral Stasis in Greene's The Comedians." Renascence Vol. 40, No. 1 (Fall 1987): 53-63.
"Chandran Nair -- 'The Land'." In Kirpal Singh (ed.), Critical Engagements: Singapore Poetry in Focus. Singapore: Heinemann, 1986. 48–52.
"Barbara Anderson." In Lesley Henderson and Noelle Watson (eds.), Contemporary Novelists (Fifth Edition). Chicago and London: St James Press, 1991. 42–43.
"Feminism in the Post-Colonial Context: Shashi Deshpande's Fiction." SPAN 36 (October 1993): 453–470.
"Rosamond Lehmann." In Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers. London: St James Press, 1994. 383–84.
"Contesting the `One Law - the One Sublimating Transcendent Guarantor': Elizabeth Jolley's The Well and The Sugar Mother." SPAN 40 (April 1995): 54–71.
"Fashion." In Reader's Guide to Women's Studies. Chicago: Fitzroy, Dearborn, 1998. 198–200.
"The Liquid Alterity of the Maternal-Feminine in Toni Morrison's Beloved." AUMLA: Journal of the Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association 92 (November 1999): 51–79.
“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 Volume 5, No. 2 (December 2003): 56–76.
“Textual Enigmas and Disruptive Desires in Jane Campion’s Sweetie.” Australian Feminist Studies 21.49 (March 2006): 7–22.
“Women, Time and Place in Fiona Kidman’s The Book of Secrets.” Journal of Commonwealth Literature. 42. 3 (2007): 63–81.
“The Problem of Self and Other in Maurice Gee’s Prowlers.” Journal of New Zealand Literature 25 (2007): 70–93.
“Along ‘the many-stranded circle’: Narrative Spiralling from Isolation to Homecoming in Patricia Grace’s Cousins.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 45. 4 (December 2009): 459–71.
“Cousins.” C. Sandru (ed.), The Literary Encyclopedia. 12 April 2011. Retrieved from http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=29681
“Fiona Kidman”. C. Sandru (ed.), The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 November 2012.
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“Gendering the Colonial Narrative: Fictional Historiography in Fiona Kidman’s The Captive Wife.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing 50.3 (May 2014): 341-53. Published online 15 May 2013. DOI:10.1080/17449855.2013.801633 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17449855.2013.801633.
“Rewriting the Female Gothic in the Antipodes: Fiona Kidman’s Mandarin Summer.” ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 48.1 (January 2017): 97-122.
“Kenosis: The Difficult Spirituality of James K. Baxter.” Baxter Prose Companion. Eds. Peter Whiteford & Greg O’Brien. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2017), 224-247.
“Maternal Agency, Genre Mutation, and Political Critique in Fiona Kidman’s True Stars.” Journal of New Zealand Literature 36 (2018): 94-117.
Loving Subjects: Narratives of Female Desire. New York: Peter Lang, 2002. pp. 1-295.
The Lonely and the Alone: The Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction. (with John C. Ross). Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2011. pp. xx, 407.
Edited (with C.K. Lingam). Playworks: A Collection of Plays for Secondary Schools, Volume One. Singapore: Longman, 1986.
Edited (with C.K. Lingam). Playworks: A Collection of Plays for Secondary Schools, Volume Two. Singapore: Longman, 1987.
Edited (with Max Le Blond). ACLALS (Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies) Bulletin: Commonwealth Drama. Seventh Series, Number Three (1986).
Associate Editor. The Year’s Work in English Studies. Volume 81. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002): Editorial responsibility for “Chapter XVII: New Literatures,” pp. 991 – 1077.
Associate Editor. The Year’s Work in English Studies. Volume 82. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003). Editorial responsibility for “Chapter XVII: New Literatures,” pp. 820–923.
Associate Editor. The Year’s Work in English Studies. Volume 83. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Editorial responsibility for “Chapter XVII: New Literatures,” pp. 922 – 1025.
Associate Editor. The Year’s Work in English Studies. Volume 84. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005). Editorial responsibility for “Chapter XVII: New Literatures,” pp. 945 – 1020.
Associate Editor. The Year’s Work in English Studies. Volume 85. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). Editorial responsibility for “Chapter XVII: New Literatures,” pp. 978 – 1130.
Associate Editor. The Year’s Work in English Studies. Volume 86. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). Editorial responsibility for “Chapter XVII: New Literatures,” pp. 968 – 1091.
Review of Jean Sabiston, The Prison of Womanhood (Macmillan, 1987) in New Zealand Journal of French Studies, Vol 10, No. 1 (1989): 64-5.
Review of Barbara Anderson, Girls High (Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1990), in New Zealand Books: A Quarterly Review, Vol. 1, No. 1 (1991): 7-8.
Review of Anne-Janine Morey, Religion and Sexuality in American Literature (Cambridge University Press, 1992) in Australasian Journal of American Studies 12 (1) (July 1993): 65-67.
Review of Stephen Knight, Continent of Mystery: A Thematic History of Australian Crime Fiction (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1997), in Sites 37 (1999): 104-06.
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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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