Breadcrumbs

This page provides information about resources and guides that are specific to the study of New Zealand literature and literary criticism. They supplement the resources provided on the English portal.


Subject Contacts

If you need assistance in this subject area, the New Zealand Literature Subject Librarian is Anne Ferrier-Watson and the New Zealand Collection Librarian is John Robson.


Useful Search Terms

A list of subject headings that you may find useful when locating resources in the Library Catalogue. Type the subject heading in the search box and select Subject begins with from the menu.

  • new zealand literature
  • new zealand poetry
  • new zealand prose literature
  • new zealand literature women authors
  • short stories new zealand
  • new zealand fiction 20th century
  • commonwealth literature
  • decolonization in literature
  • culture conflict in literature

John Robson - NZC
(07) 837-9126
john.robson@waikato.ac.nz

Books

Essays on New Zealand writers.

Databases

Coverage: Index
Contains abstracts of selected New Zealand serials, including newspapers, about New Zealand and the South Pacific. Subjects covered include general interest material, social research, current affairs, the arts and humanities.
Growing archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, including  images and full-text books, manuscripts and journals. All resources are fully searchable. Produced by Victoria University of Wellington.

Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

This encyclopedia explores the effect of the colonial and post-colonial experience on literatures in English worldwide.
A comprehensive record of New Zealand writing, containing more than 1,500 entries on writers, novels, plays, poetry, journals, periodicals, anthologies, literary movements, and professional organisations.

Journals

Published by the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (NZEPC) at the University of Auckland, Ka Mate Ka Ora provides a site for discourse and debate about New Zealand poetry. All issues available in full-text.
Kotare provides brief, primarily factual articles on New Zealand history, literature, language, bibliography and lexicography.
For book reviews.
The New Zealand literary journal, Sport, contains poetry, short stories, novel extracts, essays and art. Sport has published contributions from many of New Zealand's leading and up-and-coming writers since its inception in 1988.
An online literary journal published by the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington. It presents new work by creative writing students alongside poetry and fiction by emerging and established writers.

Websites

The International Institute of Modern Letters publishes 25 New Zealand poems annually from recent literary magazines and poetry collections.
A resource site rich with ideas and information all promoting reading in general, but particularly to represent and promote New Zealand writing and writers.
Project based at the University of Auckland to set up an electronic gateway to poetry resources in Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific region. It aims to coordinate existing archival and publishing information, and to present some full-text electronic publication of poetry and commentary in consultation with authors and their publishers.
An incorporated non-profit organisation which aims to advance education by promoting, developing and supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand.
An index to short stories written and published before 1991.
Established in 1934 as the New Zealand P.E.N Centre, the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) is a membership based arts organisation representing approximately 1,300 writers nationally.
New Zealand Book Council’s collection of information about New Zealand writers. Includes 150 entries from the Oxford companion to New Zealand literature edited by Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie published in 1998.
This is the government body responsible for classifying publications that may need to be restricted or banned in New Zealand.
New Zealand literature directory.