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The importance of the local

January 22, 2013

“…the importance of the local in literature is immense – the more so if your region is only emerging, as ours has done over my lifetime, from a phase of colonialism in which the sense of what is ‘real’ has been in some degree compromised by an inherited literature and literary history which cannot deal at all with what is immediate to hand.” (p.3)

Ref: C. K. Stead (2002) Kin of Place: Essays on 20 New Zealand Writers. Auckland University Press.

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