Academic journal article Journal of New Zealand Literature

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of New Zealand Literature

Editorial

Article excerpt

31 December 2011 is the close-off date for publications eligible for the current PBRF research audit. This witching-hour has had all sorts of implications for JNZL. It may have contributed to this issue's high rejection rate: the essays in JNZL 29 (2011) represent just over 20% of those we considered as general submissions, producing a rejection rate of around 75%. JNZL 29 also carries a generous reviews section, but the twelve reviews and two review essays presented here discuss only a fraction of the books we received in advance of the PBRP deadline. Additional titles arrived too late in the year to allow time for the considered reading they deserve, and will appear in the 2012 issue. Roger Horrocks and Lawrence Jones both took up a standard invitation to reviewers to write at greater length than JNZL's usual 1500 words if they feel the occasion warrants, and both have taken long views over large subjects. Lawrence Jones's review-essay of Joel Gwynne's The Secular Visionaries arrived with a note suggesting that it might generate some reaction, which Jones - a former editor of this journal - would welcome: Tm quite willing to be cast as an out-of-touch curmudgeon so long as the issues are discussed'. Although JNZL no longer carries letters to the editor, readers may wish to respond in kind.

This year's JNZL Prize produced a field of eleven entries from emerging researchers in New Zealand, the UK and the US. We again short-listed four. Congratulations to Andrew Dean, whose essay 'Reading An Autobiography: Michael King, Patrick Evans and Janet Frame' was ranked first or second by eleven of our thirteen judges. …

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