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English, writing and theatre research at Massey covers a wide range of disciplines. Our staff have internationally recognised expertise in their fields and attract postgraduate students from around New Zealand and internationally.

Research expertise

Creative writing

Fiction; creative non-fiction; poetry; drama; scriptwriting.


Eighteenth century, Romantic and Victorian literature

The literature of Britain and its empire in the 18th and 19th centuries, and its relationship to its political, economic and philosophical contexts.


New Zealand and Pacific literature and culture

Literary and cultural politics in New Zealand and Britain's 19th century settler empire; New Zealand literature, museums, and literary nationalism; Māori and Pasifika literature and creative writing; neoliberalism; Kiwi gothic; gender theory; representations of trauma; Indigeneity, plural cultural identities/mixed-ethnicity.


Shakespeare and early modern literature

Drama, poetry and other literatures from 16th and 17th century England; print culture in early modern England; theatrical culture in early modern England; global Shakespeares, including contemporary performance and adaptation.


Technical, public and professional writing

Documentation procedures; publishing practices and processes; image-text interactions; the creation of texts for technical or public audiences; rhetoric of science and technology.


Theatre and performance

Theatre, human rights and social justice; refugee, applied, community, experimental, young people's and intercultural theatre; audiences, cultural democracy and participation; cultural studies (literature, theatre and performance); qualitative and critical discourse analysis.


Twentieth century, postcolonial and contemporary world literature

Realism; fantasy; gothic; Beat literature; postcolonial literature; the uncanny and psychoanalytic theory; memory; forgiveness; identity; responsibility and ethics; science fiction; young adult fiction; modernism; postmodernism; theoretical applications; comics and comic theory; narrative theory; popular genres.


Writing studies

Writing pedagogy and assessment; writing in the academic disciplines; students’ transition to university; student engagement; the historical and institutional contexts of writing instruction.



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