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Nurse to the Imagination

50 Years of the Robert Burns Fellowship


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This book illustrates the contribution made to New Zealand letters by our oldest and most prestigious literary fellowship. Edited and introduced by Professor Lawrence Jones, the anthology, by turns playful and serious, celebrates the Fellowship's golden jubilee. Beginning with novelist Ian Cross in 1959 and ending with the 2008 Burns Fellow, poet Sue Wootton, Nurse to the Imagination showcases the output of leading New Zealand literary figures such as James K. Baxter, Michael King and Janet Frame alongside newer voices, with pieces written at the time of the Fellow's tenure. There are lots of interesting trends here, of which the shift from male-dominated literature up to 1980 to the rich representation of women writers since then is just one.

Author Biography

Lawrence Jones is an Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Otago, has taught at the University for 45 years of the 50 years of the Fellowship. He introduced the first papers in New Zealand literature at the University and has published extensively on New Zealand literature and its history, including the section on the novel in The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English (1998) and Picking Up the Traces: The Making of a New Zealand Literary Culture 1932-1945 (2003). He was editor and co-editor of the Journal of New Zealand Literature 1990-2000 and was co-editor of From the Mainland: An Anthology of South Island Writing (1995).
Release date NZ
January 1st, 2008
Edited by Lawrence Jones
Country of Publication
New Zealand
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Otago University Press
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