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

Post colonial Historical Fiction from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific’ in The Oxford History of the Novel Vol. 5 forthcoming 2017.

‘New Zealand Autobiography and Autofiction’. Handbook on Autobiography De Gruyter. Forthcoming 2017.

‘The Novel, the Short Story and the Rise of a New Reading Public’, in   A History of New Zealand Literature ed Mark Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016, 246-261.

‘Dirt’ in Extraordinary Anywhere Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand. Eds Ingrid Horrocks and Cherie Lacey. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016. 68-77.

'Uneasy Occupancy: Sarah Grand, The Beth Book and a Colonial Reader' in Print Culture Histories Beyond The Metropolis Edited by James J. Connolly, Patrick COllier, Frank Felsenstein, Kenneth R. Hall, and Robert G. Hall. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016, 268-283.

‘New Zealand’ entry in the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature. Dino Felluga, Pamela K Gilbert, Linda K Hughes (eds). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015

‘Dickens in New Zealand’ Literary Compass
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‘First, build your Hut’ Griffith Review 43 Pacific Highways 261-267 (2014)

Reprinted in The Listener Vol 242, No 3849 ( February 15-21, 2014) p30-33

‘Colenso and Africa’ in Eloise Wallace, Ian St George and Peter Wells (eds) Gazing with a Trained Eye. Napier: MTG, Hawkes Bay, 2013. 100-108

“The Waituhi Kid: Maori Fiction and the Western” in Pes, Annalisa and Susanna Zinato eds Confluenze Intertestuali in Honore di Angelo Righetti

Naples: Liguori Editore, 2012, 277-288.

‘A girl who is not me’ Commonwealth Essays and Studies, Vol 33 no. 2, 2011: 56-65

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

‘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