About Backyard Books NZ
In case it’s not entirely clear, Backyard Books NZ is about New Zealanders researching and raising the profile of books from our own backyard.
I believe we can promote both New Zealand writing and popular fiction in general by contributing to the academic depth with which such writing is received and shared.
I’ve tried to organise this blog according to both the authors and the themes that interest me. That way, if we have a mutual interest, you should be able to join in on my thinking where you want. Honestly? At times, its like a director’s cut of quotes and references to which I will return when I get a chance – or an electronic storage locker – so that could be confusing for some! In any case, there are too many things I’m wondering about to follow all of them comprehensively, but some of the projects I keep returning to include:
- How is our cultural approach to elders demonstrated in our fiction?
- What forms of support seeking are modeled to readers in YA Lit?
- What’s with wizards and other magical stereotypes in literature?
- How is violent conflict presented in literature for younger readers?
- How are violence and democracy connected in such literature?
- How is resilience / happiness modeled in literature for YA?
- How does space theory inform readings of literature for YA?
- How is history shared/shaped through fiction?
Otherwise, what does a reader of blogs need to know? Ask away…
“Interests are constitutive of our knowledge”
~ Terry Eagleton