The Lonely and the Alone: The Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction (Cross/Cultures 147)

The Lonely and the Alone: The Poetics of Isolation in New Zealand Fiction (Cross/Cultures 147)

By: John C. Ross (author), Doreen D'Cruz (author)Paperback

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Aloneness, loneliness, isolation, the isolated consciousness, the many possible guises of outsider-status, alienation, and exclusion - these have especial potency in New Zealand life and literature. The prominence of the motif or topos of the man or woman alone has been widely recognized by literary historians and critics, but this work is the first book-length exploration of it, extended to encompass the broader theme of isolation. This study treats selected novels and short stories from the late-nineteenth century through to the early-twenty-first. Close readings of works by George Chamier, G.B. Lancaster, Katherine Mansfield, John Mulgan, Graham Billing, William Satchell, John A. Lee, Robin Hyde, Frank Sargeson, Fiona Kidman, Noel Hilliard, Patricia Grace, Witi Ihimaera, Keri Hulme, and Alan Duff take their place alongside more comprehensive chapters devoted to selected works by two major novelists, Janet Frame and Maurice Gee. Other literary works receive brief mention. This book invokes a number of foundational contexts, ranging from the physical landscape and historical circumstances to intellectual and cultural formations, for understanding the various permutations of aloneness, loneliness, and isolation in New Zealand fiction. The evolving aspects of isolation acquire their textual sig-nificance in this study through reading methodologies that draw on colonial, postcolonial, postmodern, feminist, and deconstructionist thinking, as well as on the illuminating insights of New Zealand's literary-critical traditions. The condition of isolation not only manifests itself in the expected terms connotative of exclusion and exile but also functions in certain contexts as the catalyst for productive transformations of the social or symbolic consensus. This raises the question of whether representations of isolation in New Zealand literature may also tap subtly into a national unconscious in ways that operate dynamically upon the dominant modes of consciousness.

About Author

Doreen D'Cruz is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, where she teaches twentieth-century literature and women's writing. Her most recent publications have been on New Zealand fiction. John C. Ross, originally from Wellington, is a retired Senior Lecturer from the same School. His publications include, among others, editions of Restoration comedies, bibliographical histories of George Eliot and Harold Pinter (with William Baker), and studies of early-eighteenth-century London printers.


Acknowledgements Introduction Isolation in the Back-Country: George Chamier, G.B. Lancaster, Katherine Mansfield, John Mulgan, and Graham Billing Outsiders and Misfits in Fragmented Social Milieux: William Satchell, Vincent Pyke, John A. Lee, Robin Hyde, Frank Sargeson, and Others The Lonely and the Alone in the Fiction of Janet Frame Maurice Gee and Postmodern Isolation Women, Isolation, and History: Fiona Kidman, Noel Hilliard, and Patricia Grace Cultural Deracination and Isolation: Witi Ihimaera, Keri Hulme, and Alan Duff Epilogue Works Cited Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789042034747
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 407
  • ID: 9789042034747
  • weight: 816
  • ISBN10: 9042034742

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