Emeritus Professor
Lawrence Jones


Email lawrence.jones@otago.ac.nz
Office 1S2
First Floor
Arts Building
Albany Street
Mail Department of English
University of Otago
PO Box 56
New Zealand


Victorian literature, New Zealand studies.


ENGL 351 Special Topic: The Jazz Life in Text and Film: Biography, Autobiography, Oral History, Fiction

Possible Supervision

Has supervised theses on George Crabbe, Mrs. Gaskell, H. D. Thoreau, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, many topics in NZ fiction and poetry, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop.

Current Research

Present research project: a history of New Zealand writers in relation to their society, 1932-63.



From the Mainland: An Anthology of South Island Writing, ed. with Heather Murray, Godwit Press, 1995.


'The Making of an Imaginative Order: Charles Brasch's Landfall 1947-66', in Landfall: The Brasch Years 1947-66, ed. Louise Sinclair and Rosemary Entwistle, Hocken Library, 1997, 4-11.

'"New Styles of Architecture": Moderns and Modernists as Models for New Zealand Writers in the 1930s', in World and Stage, ed. Greg Waite et al, Otago Studies in English 6, 1998, 215-232.

'The Novel.' In The Oxford History of New Zealand Literature in English, second ed., ed. Terry Sturm, Oxford University Press, 1998, 119-244.

'Mulgan, Marris, Schroder: Repudiating the Literary Establishment.' In A Book in the Hand: Essays on the History of the Book in New Zealand, ed Penny Griffiths, Peter Hughes and Alan Loney, Auckland University Press, 2000, 143-76

'A Home in This World? Provincial Writers and the Puritan Family.' In At Home in New Zealand: History, Houses, People, ed Barbara Brookes, Bridget Williams Books, 2000, 89-106

'Introduction.' in Talking Pictures: Collected Poems, by Riemke Ensing, HeadworX, 2000, 11-17

Entries in Reference Texts

One entry in The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, vol. 4, ed. Claudia Orange, Auckland University Press with Bridget Williams Books, Dept. of Internal Affairs, 1998: 'Alan Edward Mulgan', 362-363

Three entries in Southern People: A Dictionary of Otago and Southland Biography, ed. Jane Thomson, Longacre Press in associaiton with Dunedin City Council, 1998: 'Alexander Bathgate', 32, 'Baxter Family', 33-34, 'Dugald Ferguson', 159

Twenty-six entries for The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature, ed. Roger Robinson and Nelson Wattie, Oxford University Press, 1998: 'David Ballantyne', 39-40, 'Brave Company', 70, 'Brown Man's Burden, 74, 'The Centennial', 98-99, 'Coal Flat', 107-8, 'John Reece Cole', 109, 'James Courage', 113-14, 'The Cunninghams', 121-22, 'The Depression', 135-36, 'Dominion', 144-45, 'A.R.D. Fairburn', 172-74, 'Roderick Finlayson', 180-81, 'A.P. Gaskell, 196-97, 'G.R. Gilbert', 202-03, 'God's Own Country', 208, 'The Mainland', 329-30, 'The Man Alone Topos', 331-32, 'O.E. Middleton', 373-74, 'Alan Mulgan', 384-85, 'Bill Pearson', 434-35, 'Puritanism', 455-56, 'Greville Texidor', 533 'The Waterfront Crisis', 576-77, 'Guthrie Wilson', 591, 'Phillip Wilson', 592, 'The Young Have Secrets, 599-600

Three entries in Encyclopedia of the Novel, ed. Paul Schillinger, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999: 'New Zealand Novel', 929-933, 'Owls Do Cry', 967-68, ' Periodicals and the Serialization of Novels', 991-96

Three entries in Reference Guide to Short Fiction, ed. Thomas Riggs, Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999: 'Janet Frame', 216-18, 'Maurice Shadbolt', 570-71, 'Janet Frame: "Swans"', 1046-47

Three entries in Encyclopedia of Life Writing: Autobiographical and Biographical Forms, ed. Margaretta Jolly, Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001: 'Dictionary of New Zealand Biography', vol. I pp. 274-75, 'New Zealand and Polynesia: 20th Century', vol. II pp. 653-54, 'Frank Sargeson, 1903-1982', vol. II pp. 778-79


'Introduction: New Zealand Literature and Contemporary Critical Theories.' Journal of New Zealand Literature 14 (1996): 1-3. [pub. 1998]

'Frank Sargeson and the Great New Zealand Novel.' Journal of New Zealand Literature 16 (1998): 72-85. [pub. 2000]

'“Bliss was it in that dawn . . .”: From Phoenix to New Poems 1932-34.' Journal of New Zealand Literature 17 (1999): 26-46 [pub. 2001]

'The Mushroom Cloud, the Long White Cloud and the Cloud of Unknowing.' Landfall 203 (May 2002): 139-149.

'“The Shadow of that Earlier War”: World War I and the Writing of the 1930s.' Journal of New Zealand Literature 18-19 (2000-01): 67-82. [pub. 2002]