The Ship of Dreams: Masculinity in Contemporary New Zealand Fiction

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This is the first critical study to investigate, at length, how masculine subjectivities are represented in contemporary New Zealand fiction. Notoriously self-contained and private, Kiwi men are often reluctant to talk about their personal feelings and embarrassed at the thought that any private emotional difficulties could be exposed to critical examination. One must go to their imaginative literature to make contact with the reality that underlies the often calculatedly deceptive surface. In his investigation of these issues, author Alistair Fox demonstrates the crucial importance of Pakeha and Maori cultural predispositions influencing masculine identity in New Zealand, often at the cost of great psychic pain for the men involved.

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Alistair Fox is Professor of English at the University of Otago. An internationally recognised Renaissance scholar, his past publications include the English Renaissance: Identity and Representation in Elizabethan England (Blackwell, 1997), Reassessing the Henrician Age: Politics and Reform 1500 - 1550 (Blackwell, 1986) and Thomas More: History and Providence (Yale, 1983). More recently, Professor Fox has been writing on contemporary New Zealand culture, with The Ship of Dreams being his first book-length foray into the field of New Zealand literature.

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