Date of Award

Spring 2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Shaun F. D. Hughes

Committee Member 1

Maren Linett

Committee Member 2

Robert Marzec


This thesis offers informed readings of a wide selection of short stories by both Pakeha (ethnically European New Zealand) and Maori (indigenous peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand) writers in an effort to place these stories, and anthologies in which they are canonized, within a cultural and historical context. It provides a concise literary genealogy of the Maori within the New Zealand short story, and it explores the ways Maori short story writers pushed back against racist portrayals of Maori and efforts to silence or contain the Maori voice.

Included in

Oceanography Commons