The Settlers Plot: How Stories Take Place in New Zealand Alex Calder

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Published: October 1st 2013

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314 pages


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The Settlers Plot: How Stories Take Place in New Zealand  by  Alex Calder

The Settlers Plot: How Stories Take Place in New Zealand by Alex Calder
October 1st 2013 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 314 pages | ISBN: | 3.25 Mb

Europeans arrive on a beach, make markets and push inland. They take the land and transform it. They make themselves at home- they dream of other places. And the stories they write take shape in settings – the beach, the farm, the bush, the suburb –MoreEuropeans arrive on a beach, make markets and push inland.

They take the land and transform it. They make themselves at home- they dream of other places. And the stories they write take shape in settings – the beach, the farm, the bush, the suburb – that become imaginary versions of actual places. Those settings sometimes host stories that are too simple – too flattering, too blaming – but in the work of our best writers, a richer history of settlement comes into focus. Taking a new approach to the cultural history of this country, The Settlers Plot is a study of the relationship between literature and place in New Zealand.

Through fascinating and unpredictable readings of some of our greatest literature, from Maning and Guthrie-Smith to Mansfield, Sargeson, Curnow and Frame, Calder investigates the often contradictory meanings that Pakeha have found in our most familiar settings.



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