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Book & Print in New Zealand : A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa


The most significant recent published research on literary criticism, book reviewing, and literary prizes and awards, are two essays published in 1991 as part of a broad study of New Zealand literature. They are Dennis McEldowney's 'Publishing, patronage, literary magazines' and John Thomson's discursive bibliography, both in the Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English, ed. Terry Sturm (1991, second edition forthcoming). Thomson's survey of work in literary history and criticism should be augmented by reference to his entries on individual authors. The genre-based studies which make up the bulk of Sturm's volume also supply the most useful accounts to date of critical activity in their various fields. For the period to 1975, Three Hundred Years of New Zealand Books (1990), compiled by Peter Alcock and William Broughton, provides a useful chronology, with critical work listed under a separate heading from 1956.

The online database Index New Zealand (INNZ), launched in 1987 and available through the National Library's Kiwinet, on microfiche and on CD-ROM, selectively indexes articles and book reviews in over 450 current specialist and general interest New Zealand and Pacific periodicals. The Scitec Index, also on Kiwinet, indexes articles and book reviews of interest to the New Zealand scientific community. Titles indexed on these databases range from the Journal of New Zealand Literature (1983- ) and New Zealand Libraries (1932- ) to the New Zealand Medical Journal (1887- ) and New Zealand Sociology (1986- ). Prior to 1987, INNZ was published in a printed format. Retrospective indexing of journals onto INNZ is being carried out by the National Library.