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Beyond Borders New Zealand Literature in the Global Marketplace

Edited By Paloma Fresno-Calleja, Janet M. Wilson Copyright 2023

    This book examines the global/local intersections and tensions at play in the literary production from Aotearoa New Zealand through its engagement in the global marketplace.

    Combining postcolonial and world literature methodologies contributors chart the global relocation of national culture from the nineteenth century to the present exploring what "New Zealand literature" means in different creative, teaching, and publishing contexts. They identify ongoing global entanglements with local identities and tensions between national and post-national literary discourses, considering Aotearoa New Zealand’s history as a white settler colony and its status as a bicultural nation and a key player in the Asia-Pacific region, active on the global stage. Topics and authors include: Stefanie Herades on colonial New Zealand literature and the global marketplace; Claudia Marquis on David Hare’s "Aotearoa series" as exotic reading for adolescents; Paloma Fresno-Calleja on the exoticizing landscape novels of Sarah Lark; James Wenley on Indian Ink Theatre company as hybrid export; Janet M. Wilson on the globalization of the New Zealand short story; Chris Prentice on pedagogic articulations of New Zealand literature; Leonie John on the challenges of teaching Māori literature in Germany; Dieter Riemenschneider on New Zealand literature at the Frankfurt Book Fair; Paula Morris on Commonwealth writers and the Booker Prize; Selina Tusitala Marsh on contemporary Pasifika poetry; and Chris Miller on the afterlife of Allen Curnow.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

    1. Introduction: New Zealand literature and the global marketplace   
    Paloma Fresno-Calleja and Janet M. Wilson 
    2. Colonial New Zealand literature in the global marketplace: Then and now 
    Stefanie Herades 
    3. The Adolescent Exotic: Reading New Zealand in David Hair’s "Aotearoa series" (2009–2014) 
    Claudia Marquis 
    4. Sarah Lark’s landscape novels and the "New Zealand exotic" 
    Paloma Fresno-Calleja 
    5. Indian Ink via New Zealand Inc.: Hybrid exports for the global theatre marketplace 
    James Wenley 
    6. From national to global: Writing and translating the Aotearoa New Zealand short story 
    Janet M. Wilson 
    7. Articulating New Zealand and literature in "New Zealand literature" classes: Attending to the parergon 
    Chris Prentice 
    8. Teaching Maori Literature as a Tauiwi scholar: A German case study 
    Leonie John 
    9. On sale: Aotearoa New Zealand literature in Germany 
    Dieter Riemenschneider 
    10. The "leftovers of empire": Commonwealth writers and the Booker Prize 
    Paula Morris 
    11. Contemporary Pasifika Poetry in Aotearoa New Zealand: An interview with Selina Tusitala Marsh 
    Paloma Fresno-Calleja and Janet M. Wilson 
    12. Allen Curnow: The life of the poems 
    Chris Miller 


    Paloma Fresno-Calleja is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain, where she teaches postcolonial literatures. She specialises in the postcolonial literatures of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific region, on which she has published widely.

    Janet M. Wilson is Emerita Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Northampton, UK. She has published widely on the literary and visual cultures of Aotearoa New Zealand and has a research interest in diasporic, transnational writing. She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.

    "This collection shows how the literature of Aotearoa New Zealand has paradoxically flourished as a category in a globalized and neoliberal age, it provides a good overview of both contemporary New Zealand writing and how readers and critics are approaching that writing and reveals a complicated literary scene that continues to be fascinatingly idiosyncratic in an era where ideology and identity are ever-mutating."

    - Nicholas Birns, New York University, USA

    "This exciting collection explores post-2000 New Zealand literature as a dynamic and interconnected cultural field, charged with surprising indigenous-cum-global turns, and transnational swerves. That these are moves out of English, and into wider Europe, is particularly fascinating. The book testifies to a growing appetite not only across the continent but far more widely for diverse new approaches and decolonial methodologies."

    - Elleke Boehmer, Professor of World Literature in English, University of Oxford, UK

    "A comprehensive and nuanced collection of essays that reconsider the relation of the national and the global in New Zealand literature in terms that avoid the limiting and reductive binaries of many previous discussions. It ranges widely across different genres and periods, offering a compelling updating of a question that has haunted New Zealand literature from its beginnings."

    - Rod Edmond, University of Kent, UK

    "This volume is an intervention and a conversation-starter. Each essay engages vibrantly with the editors’ overarching question providing as various answers as the people thinking about writing in Aotearoa New Zealand today."

    - Sarah Shieff, University of Waikato, NZ

    "This volume appears at a point where the post-national theme has established a climate of recognition to which it contributes new areas of investigation, points of difference, and increased urgency and interest. The emphasis on the global marketplace and trans-national contexts means that New Zealand literature is seen from the outside rather than from the inside looking out."

    - Mark Williams, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ