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Framing ourselves, Sean Redmond

A Coming of Age: Thirty Years of New Zealand Film Duncan Petrie and Duncan Stuart Random House, $44.99, ISBN 9781869790196 Images of Dignity: Barry Barclay and Fourth Cinema Stuart Murray Huia, $50.00, ISBN 9781869693282 The two books under review provide…
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Cooked up, Stuart Murray

The Long Forgetting: Post-colonial Literary Culture in New Zealand Patrick Evans Canterbury University Press, $34.50,  ISBN 9781877257698 Approximately halfway through Patrick Evans’ study comes a paragraph that, upon reflection, more or less sums up the way the book works. The…
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On display, Stuart Murray

Making Ends Meet: Essays and Talks 1992-2004 Ian Wedde Victoria University Press, $39.95, ISBN 086473503 In the title essay of this wonderful collection, originally given as a talk on issues of research and archiving at the National Library of New…
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Local and special, Stuart Murray

Picking Up the Traces: The Making of a New Zealand Literary Culture 1932-1945 Lawrence Jones Victoria University Press, $49.94, ISBN 0864734557 Nationalism, and especially cultural nationalism, inhabits a position in contemporary culture that seems peculiarly complex. Easy to identify, yet…
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The inside story, Stuart Murray

Where’s Waari? A History of the Maori through the Short Story ed Witi Ihimaera Reed Publishing, $29.95, ISBN 0790007355 “Here then are 28 stories,” writes Witi Ihimaera in his introduction to this anthology, “– 28 scenes if you like –…
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Back to the 30s, Vincent O’Sullivan

Never a Soul at Home: New Zealand Literary Nationalism and the 1930s Stuart Murray Victoria University Press, $44.95, ISBN 0 86473 341 0 An Englishman, teaching in Dublin, who takes our most carefully constructed decade, insinuates himself into one of…
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National revolutionary, Stuart Murray

It is intriguing now to flick through the special issue, the self-styled festschrift, of Islands commissioned to mark Frank Sargeson’s seventy-fifth birthday, that appeared in March 1978. A tone of reverence and celebration of the writer sweeps through the pages.…
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Local practice v wider trends, Stuart Murray

Opening the Book: New Essays on New Zealand Writing Mark Williams and Michele Leggott (eds) Auckland University Press, $39.95, ISBN 1869401158 Ending the Silences: Critical Essays on the Works of Maurice Shadbolt Ralph J Crane (ed) Hodder Moa Beckett, $24.95,…
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