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This is an auction for BARBED WIRE & MIRRORS: ESSAYS ON NEW ZEALAND PROSE by Lawrence Jones.

"BARBED WIRE & MIRRORS is a collection of articles and reviews by Lawrence Jones, Associate Professor of English at the University of Otago, providing a comprehensive overview of New Zealand fiction and autobiography since the early Frank Sargeson. In his monitoring of New Zealand writing, Jones has detected three international historical patterns, which he highlights in his own criticism. First, the development from a “provincial” mode of writing to a “post provincial” one. Second, the theme of the gap between the social dream and social reality. And third, and of particular relevance to this volume, the two traditions of New Zealand fiction: the realist tradition of “barbed wire and cowpats” and the other, impressionist, tradition of “mirrors and interiors”. Included also are a tracing of the “Man Alone” them as a “gauge of morale” of New Zealand fiction in relation to New Zealand society and its dreams of itself, and an important essay on autobiography, which essentially tells the story of the artist as Man [or Woman] alone.”

Paperback 1990.

388 pages.

Very good condition.

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