ALSO ASSEMBLED ARE ALCOHOLICS, BALLADEERS, BUSH BATTLERS
from Te Horeta’s recollection of Cook’s visit in 1769 (as recorded by Charles Heaphy) to near the present. Structurally, there are 11 large sections: Contact; Colonial; Maoriland; Between the Wars; Cultural Nationalism; Fretful Sleepers: After the War; From Kiwi Culture to Counter-Culture; Earthly: The Seventies; Whaddarya? The Eighties; Cabin Fever: The Nineties; and How To Live Elsewhere. In turn these are divided into 81 sub-sections. Stafford and Williams invite us to ‘‘ pick a path’’ through them (rather than following the dutiful reviewer’s progress from first page to last), moving, say, from Colonial Gothic to Suburban Gothic, or noting changing representations of gardens and of war, of New Zealand nationalism, political and social, as well as cultural.
There is no glossary. Unless Maori words are translated within the text, readers are expected to have enough of the other language of New Zealand to comprehend the extract.
Auckland University Press is promoting this as the first anthology of New Zealand literature, which it isn’t. Poetry anthologies by Allen Curnow and the absent O’Sullivan were key delineators of a literary history of New Zealand. This one contains fiction, nonfiction (including the Treaty of Waitangi, 1840, Governor George Grey’s preface to Polynesian Mythology, 1855, and — whimsically — ‘‘ General Hints on Gardening’’ from Yates’s Gardening Guide, 1897), poetry, cartoons and