Associate Professor Sarah Shieff

Sarah Shieff

Graduate Student Adviser (English)
Convenor of Writing Studies

Qualifications: MA, PhD Auckland

About Sarah

Sarah's main teaching and research areas are New Zealand literature and cultural history, literary theory, food writing, contemporary Jewish writing and Gothic fiction.

She convenes the University of Waikato's Writing Studies programme and edits the Journal of New Zealand Literature. Her most recent book is a scholarly edition of the letters of Frank Sargeson (Vintage 2012).

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Recent and Current Graduate Supervision areas include:

  • Hypermasculinity in transgressive fiction
  • Food in British writing in the years of austerity, 1939-54
  • World War I  in New Zealand Fiction.
  • Re-framing the Waikato: the colonial photographic and cartographic archive
  • Agentic nudity:  the presentation of unclothed women’s body in literature
  • Sacrifice in fantasy fiction
  • An Inclusive Dramaturgical Kaupapa for Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • Female Werewolves
  • Fin-de-sicle detective fiction, surveillance and the invention of the homosexual
  • Reading the Aging Woman: The Crone in Fiction
  • Food in the Holocaust narratives of Primo Levi and Art Spiegelman
  • Philip Roth's 'Zukerman' novels

Supervision Interests

New Zealand literature and cultural history; food writing; contemporary Jewish writing; trauma studies; gothic fiction.

Recent Publications

  • Birns, N., Moore, N., & Shieff, S. (2017). Introduction. In N. Birns, N. Moore, & S. Shieff (Eds.), Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature (Options for Teaching) (pp. 1-11). New York: Modern Language Association of America.

  • Shieff, S. (2017). Frank Sargeson and The right colonial tradition. In N. Birns, N. Moore, & S. Shieff (Eds.), Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature (Options for Teaching) (pp. 101-110). New York: Modern Language Association of America.

  • Shieff, S. (2015). Editorial. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 33, 5-6.

  • Shieff, S. (2015). Time out of mind: Musical patterning and retrospective coherence in Alexander Aitken's Gallipoli to the Somme. Journal of New Zealand Literature: Special Issue: New Zealand and the First World War. Guest Editors: Rod Edmond and Janet Wilson, 33(2), 124-141. Retrieved from

Find more research publications by Sarah Shieff


New Zealand writing and New Zealand music history; the Gothic in film and fiction.

Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
Shieff, AProf Sarah 8425 sshieff I.3.27 English Programme

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