Stout Research Centre

Prof Lydia Wevers

Director SRC
Stout Research Centre

Phone: 04 463 6434
Mobile: 027 563 6434
Location: Room 202, 12 Waiteata Road, Kelburn Campus

Prof Lydia Wevers


MA (Hons), MPhil (Oxford), PhD

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Directs the Stout Research Centre's research and teaching programme
  • Heads the committee to appoint the annual JD Stout Research Fellow, and oversees selection of Resident Scholars
  • Post-graduate supervision

Current Projects

  • A Marsden funded three year research project on the History of Reading in colonial New Zealand and Australia. 

  • A book about the history and culture of readers and reading in New Zealand in the latter part of the nineteenth century.

Selected Publications

Reading on the Farm: Victorian Fiction and the Colonial World. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2010. More

‘Self Possession: ‘Things’ and Janet Frame’s Autobiography’ in Jan Cronin and Simone Drichel (eds) Frameworks: Contemporary Criticism on Janet Frame. Rodopi, Amsterdam-New York, 2009, 51-65.

‘This Place Was History’:The Bolton Street Cemetery’ in Rita Angus Life and Vision eds William McAloon and Jill Trevelyan, Wellington: Te Papa Press, 2008, 196-204.

'What should the reader know?: Culture, history, and politics in contemporary short fiction from Aotearoa New Zealand' in Marta Dvorak and W.H. New (eds) Tropes and Territories, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007, pp. 62-71.

'Fold in the map: figuring modernity in Gail Jones's Dreams of Speaking and Elizabeth Knox's Dreamhunter', Australian Literary Studies, Vol 23, No 2 (2007): 187-198.

'Blow the wind westerly: reading Australia in New Zealand', Southerly, Vol 67, 1-2 (2007): 111-120.

'Les belles iles de Nouvelle Zelande', Europe, Vol 84, No 931-932/Novembre-Decembre (2006): 10-20.

'Being Pakeha: the politics of location', Journal of New Zealand Studies, NS 4-5 (2006-6): 1-10.

On Reading, Montana Essay Series, Wellington: Four Winds Press, 2004 [50p].

On Display: New Essays in Cultural Studies (with Anna Smith, eds.) Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2004 [248p].

Country of Writing: Travel Writing and New Zealand, 1809-1900, Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2002 [vi, 234p].

States of Mind: Australia and New Zealand 1901 - 2001 (with Arthur Grimes and Ginny Sullivan, eds.) Wellington: Institute of Policy Studies, 2002 [v, 363p].

Traveling to New Zealand: An Oxford Anthology (ed),
Auckland: Oxford University Press, 2000 [xiii, 281p].

'The short story' in Terry Sturm (ed) Second Edition of The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English, Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1998, pp. 245-320.

PhD Supervision

  • New Zealand literature
  • Postcolonial literature and theory
  • New Zealand cultural studies