Mapping the Godzone

Mapping the Godzone

A Primer on New Zealand Literature and Culture

eBook - 1998
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William Schafer read, and dreamed, about New Zealand before his first visit in 1995. Mapping the Godzone grew out of that visit and his attempts, as an American, to focus his impressions of New Zealand's literary culture and relate its mental and moral landscape to that of the United States. Through an idiosyncratic selection of contemporary novels and films, Schafer opens up a complex and compelling world, revealing underlying attitudes on a range of issues: the relationship between Maori and pakeha (European) populations, New Zealand's status as a post-colonial Pacific Rim state, the connections between its modern urban culture and the pastoral-agricultural history of its early settlers, the fate of the natural order in the late twentieth century.

Mapping the Godzone takes up the work of internationally celebrated writers such as Witi Ihimaera, Fiona Kidman, Ronald Hugh Morrieson, Maurice Shadbolt, Albert Wendt, Alan Duff, Keri Hulme, Patricia Grace, Ian Wedde, and Janet Frame. It also looks at the emerging New Zealand film industry and the handful of directors (among them Jane Campion, Peter Jackson, Vincent Ward, and Geoff Murphy) who have created a vital cinema renaissance since the 1970s. Connections between the newly confident literary culture of recent years and the international success of New Zealand films are examined.

Stimulating and highly original in its approach, Mapping the Godzone is an eloquent reflection on a remote island nation.

Publisher: Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, [1998], ©1998
ISBN: 9780585250113
Branch Call Number: 820.9993 Sc
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 197 pages) : map
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)

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