Trends and Silences: Recent New Zealand Fiction
Date: 7th September 2011
Room: 630 Birkbeck, Malet Street Building, entrance off Torrington Square
Dr Melissa Kennedy, Nagoya University Japan
Melissa will start with the conclusion of her recently published book, Striding Both Worlds: Witi Ihimaera and New Zealand’s Literary Traditions to outline some of the trends and silences in New Zealand fiction this book identified. She will discuss some possible new directions as indicated in recent NZ novels, Lloyd Jones’ Hand Me Down World, Alison Wong’s novel As the Earth turns Silver and Hamish Clayton’s Wulf.
Melissa Kennedy, originally from Christchurch, is currently Assistant Professor of English in Nagoya, Japan, and is next year moving to Vienna, Austria. She did a dual PhD between the universities of Bourgogne, France and Canterbury, and has published several articles and book chapters on Maori, New Zealand and Francophone postcolonial literature and cultural studies, and more recently on the indigenous Ainu and “postcolonial” Japan. Her book, Striding Both Worlds: Witi Ihimaera and New Zealand’s Literary Traditions has just been published by Rodopi.