The Settler's Plot: How Stories Take Place in New Zealand

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A study of the relationship between writing, place, and the history of the Pakeha/European settlement in New Zealand, this book explores the most frequently chosen settings in classic New Zealand literature the beach, the farm, the bush, and the suburb and reflects on the plots and storylines that go with them. Through fascinating and unpredictable readings of some of the country’s greatest works, writers such as Curnow, Frame, Mansfield, and Sargeson are viewed from new angles, while neglected masterpieces by Guthrie-Smith and Maning are deemed central to New Zealand tradition. Topics include identity, cross-culturalism, the settling and unsettling of land, suburbanization, and the role of distance.

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Alex Calder is an English lecturer at the University of Auckland and the cofounder of the literary magazine And. He is the recipient of a Marsden Fund Award and the author of numerous books, including Old New Zealand and Other Writings and Voyages and Beaches: Pacific Encounters, 1769–1840.

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"Amounts to a full literary history of New Zealand. Its sense of who the important writers are is pitch-perfect. . . . Though written for New Zealanders, this book will nonetheless prove enriching to a broad audience. . . . Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through faculty." —CHOICE (December 1, 2011)

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Book Description Auckland University Press, New Zealand, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Settler s Plot is a fresh and engaging study of the relationship between literature and place in New Zealand. Drawing on an engrossing selection of documentary and literary sources, Alex Calder explores the places our writers have turned to most often - the beach, the farm, the bush, the suburb, overseas - and connects the history of Pakeha settlement to the way stories take shape in these settings. Europeans arrive on a beach, make markets, acquire property. How do their stories build fences or cross boundaries between Maori and Pakeha? Why do so many of our novels and poems set on farms and in suburbs lament a despoiled and soulless environment without shaking anyone s belief in progress? Why have Kiwi writers looking for their own culture headed for the metropolitan centres of the old world? Through fascinating and unpredictable readings of some of our greatest literature - writers such as F E Maning and Herbert Guthrie-Smith are treated as central figures, while Mansfield, Sargeson, Curnow and Frame are viewed from new angles - Alex Calder investigates the often contradictory meanings that Pakeha have found in our most familiar settings, offering a whole new approach to the cultural history of this country. Seller Inventory # AAN9781869404888

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