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School of English and Media Studies

Contact details +64 (09) 414 0800  ext. 43339

Dr Mary Paul

Senior Lecturer

School of English and Media Studies


Contact details

  • Ph: 4140800 x43339
    Location: AT2:35, Atrium
    Campus: Albany

Research Expertise

Research Interests

New Zealand literature and culture

Robin Hyde studies

Literature lives and Neoliberalism


21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Languages, Communication And Culture (200000): Literary Studies (200500): Literary Theory (200525): Maori Literature (200504): New Zealand Literature (excl. Maori Literature) (200505):
Studies In Creative Arts And Writing (190000):
Studies In Human Society (160000)


Literature and culture: New Zealand

New Zealand authors: Robin Hyde 

Literature/lives and Neoliberalism

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 0 3

Completed Projects

Project Title: Goodnight G.M.T: the autobiographical writing of robin hyde

Principal investigator Dr Paul; received a MURF grant for relief of teaching in Semester 1 2007 to enable her to further advance this edition of previously unpublished autobiographical manuscripts by New Zealand writer Robin Hyde (1906-1939). This grant enabled Mary to complete some final stages of this lengthy project resulting in the publication of Your Unselfish Kindness: Robin Hyde's Autobiographical Writings (Otago University Press, 2011). In this volume the manuscripts, many transcribed from original handwriting, are accompanied by 500 annotations, two long contextualizing essays, (c 25,000 words) introductions to each section, a chronology and index. Robin Hyde was already a well-known journalist and poet when in 1933 at age 28 she suffered a mental breakdown and became a voluntary patient in a lodge at Auckland Mental Hospital at Avondale. Here encouraged by her doctors (particularly G.M.T, Dr Gilbert Tothill) she wrote a compete autobiography, as well as journals and diaries about the experience of recovery at the lodge and about Auckland in the mid-1930s. The book has made a valuable contribution to several fields of research, not only New Zealand literary studies but also to the social history of New Zealand in the interwar period (particularly as regards women's lives) and attitudes to and practices round mental health.
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Date Range: 2007 - 2008

Funding Body: Massey University

Project Team:

Consultancy and Languages


  • 2003 ongoing - Journal of New Zealand Literature
    Member Editorial Board

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 2 1
CoSupervisor 0 1

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Janine Irvine - PhD
    My story, your story, their story, our story: Life writing and local history.
  • Louisa Berry - PhD
    Is the fringe the future? The challenge of imagining alternative ways of being from within neoliberal capitalism

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2006 - Ms Jane Nicole Le Marquand - PhD
    I'm not a Woman Writer but......': Gender matters in New Zealand Women's Short Fiction 1975 - 1955.

Head of School

Associate Professor Jenny Lawn

Email: J.M.Lawn@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6337

Administration staff

Joanne Ervine
Senior Administrator - Auckland
Email: J.Ervine@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6909

Janet Lowe
Business Services Manager - Manawatu
Email: J.M.Lowe@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7752

Julie McKenzie
Academic Programme Administrator
Email: J.A.McKenzie@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7421

Anne Meredith
Academic Programme Administrator - "Writing Papers"
Email: A.M.Meredith@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 06 951 7548

College of Humanities and Social Sciences support staff

Claire Grant
Shared Campus Secretary - Wellington
Email: C.Grant@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 04 979 3597

Claire Jowsey
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: C.Jowsey@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 212 7057

Marissa Penfold
Shared Campus Secretary - Auckland
Email: M.Penfold@massey.ac.nz
Tel: 09 213 6086

Honorary research fellows

These academics are honorary research fellows of our school:

Dr Doreen D'Cruz
Dr Judith Dell Panny
Professor Russell Poole
Dr John Ross

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