2011 Publications

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

Doreen D'Cruz and John C. Ross

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 themes of isolation. This study treats selected novels and short stories from the late nineteenth century through to early-twenty-first. Close readings of works by Gerge Chamier, G.B. Lancaster, Katerine 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.

  This book invokes a number of foundational contexts, ranging from the physical landscape and historical circumstances to intellectual and cultural formations, for understanding the various permutations of aloneness, loneliness, and isolation in New Zealand fiction. The evolving aspects of isolation acquire their textual significance in this study through reading methodologies that draw on colonial, postcolonial, postmodern, feminist, and deconstructionist thinking, as well as on the illuminating insights of New Zealand’s literary-critical traditions.

  The condition of isolation not only manifests itself in the expected terms connotative of exclusion and exile but also functions in certain contexts as the catalyst for productive transformations of the social or symbolic consensus. This raises the question of whether representations of isolation in New Zealand literature may also tap subtly into a national unconscious in ways that operate dynamically upon the dominant modes of consciousness.

A History of Glass

A History of Glass - cover Brian Walpert

The ostensible subjects in Bryan Walpert’s second collection of poetry—a finalist in the Stephen F. Austin State University Press (Texas) manuscript award—are as varied as wildflowers and rivers, the Big Bang and cosmic dust, and, as signalled by the title, an assortment of windows, a collection of shot glasses, a glass blower. 

Scenes from the Puppet Oresteia

Dr Jack Ross

This modern retelling of the classic trilogy in words and pictures is a collaboration between New Zealand poet Jack Ross and US-based British artist William T. Ayton.

This translation project builds on the framework of Papyri (2007), my selection of love-poems and fragments from Sappho and the surrealists. Here I re-imagined the two Iphigenia plays of Euripides alongside Aeschylus’s Agamemnon to create a new drama with contemporary overtones. The collaboration with Bill Ayton came about from a chance email exchange on my blog, but has led to an exploration of the burgeoning world of e-books and e-publishing.

Leicester Kyle, Koroneho: Joyful News Out Of The New Found World

Jack Ross

Leicester Kyle's Koroneho is an epic poem about botany. Taking as his subject matter the life and explorations of pioneer missionary, printer, and naturalist William Colenso (1811-1899) 

(whose Maori name was Koroneho), Kyle expertly weaves letters, historical details, and the language of botanical description into a strangely compelling mixture. 

Resistance to Science in Contemporary American Poetry

Bryan Walpert

This book examines types of resistance in contemporary poetry to the authority of scientific knowledge, tracing the source of these resistances to both their literary precedents and the scientific zeitgeists that helped to produce them.

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