Academic journal article Journal of New Zealand Literature

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of New Zealand Literature

Editorial

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It's a happy co-incidence that all the essays in JNZL 27 are by new and emerging researchers. Some of the work initially came to us via the JNZL prize: that these authors took the opportunity to rework their essays in the light of the judges' comments, and that their essays were reviewed again and accepted on their own merits, vindicates the considerable effort the exercise requires of our judges and our peer reviewers, and especially of the authors themselves. Thanks, as always, to those who have been involved in this process. Other essays came to us as general submissions; these too have been reworked following peer review. The results speak for themselves: we're proud to carry this strong new work by younger critics.

As well as offering fresh perspectives on three central figures for New Zealand literary studies - Mansfield, Frame and Hulme - JNZL 27 presents research deriving its insights from a possibly unexpected quarter: the contemporary cultural phenomenon of historical re-enactment. Anna Boswell sets the terrain via a thick description of the Oceanic and Native American displays at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts; Cameron McLachlan - in this year's JNZL Prize essay - reads the Katherine Mansfield Birthplace as a reenactment case in point, finding striking parallels between that curious commemorative effort and re-enactment as a mode of literary consumption. Sean Sturm's consideration of George Chamier's recendy rediscovered third novel and Dougal McNeill's review-essay about contemporary New Zealand literary responses to Japan counterbalance and bracket work on more frequendy discussed texts and authors.

JNZL 27 also marks the passing of Terry Sturm and Leigh Davis. …

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