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Associate Professor Sarah Shieff

Sarah Shieff

Convenor of Writing Studies

Qualifications: MA, PhD Auckland

About Sarah

Sarah's main teaching  and research areas are New Zealand literature and cultural history, food writing, the literature of trauma and Gothic fiction. She is the convenor of the University of Waikato's Writing Studies programme, and edited the Journal of New Zealand Literature, 2005-15.

Sarah is the editor of Letters of Frank Sargeson (Vintage, 2012) and Letters of Denis Glover (University of Otago Press, forthcoming 2020). In 2019 the Friends of the Turnbull Library awarded her their centennial grant to support her research on a scholarly edition of the letters of Allen Curnow.

Expertise

New Zealand literature and cultural history; food writing; the literature of trauma; scholarly editing.

Papers Taught

Research Supervised

Recent and Current Graduate Supervision areas include:

  • Representing chronic invisible pain: a challenge for fiction
  • Contemporary biographical verse in Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • 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
  • Modes of 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
  • Philip Roth's 'Zukerman' novels

Supervision Interests

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

Recent Publications

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Birns, N., Moore, N., & Shieff, S. (Eds.) (2016). Teaching Australian and New Zealand literature (Options for teaching). New York: Modern Language Association of America.

  • 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 http://www.jstor.org/stable/43681966

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Keywords

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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