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Otago University Press
Otago University Press turned fifty in 2008, making it the oldest of New Zealand's university presses. But it is also one of the newest, publishing full-time only since 1993. Otago now publishes about 20 titles every year, and has a vibrant backlist with nearly 200 titles.
Otago books appeal to readers seeking intelligent information about
New Zealand and its neighbours. We publish a wide range of titles on
New Zealand and the Pacific, from scholarly to general books.
Special emphasis is given to history, literature and the arts, and
to natural and
Maori and Pacific
Maori and Pacific history and art form an integral part of the Otago University Press list. Cornerstone titles include James Beattie's Traditional Lifeways of the Southern Maori, which arose from 12 months' of field interviews with South Island Maori conducted during the 1920s and Rauru: Tene Waitere, Maori carving, colonial history, a large-format art book on renowned colonial-era Maori carver Tene Waitere. Other distinguished Maori/Pacific titles include Vastly Ingenious which brings together an impressive array of scholars discoursing on the archaeology of Pacific material culture, and Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples by Linda Tuhiwai Smith, which deftly explores the intersections of imperialism, knowledge and research. Art titles include Hauaga on the artist John Pule, and Pasifika Styles, a book which investigates a groundbreaking experiment in the display of contemporary Pacific art at Cambridge.
Described as a 'modern masterpiece', The Natural History of Southern New Zealand is one of a number of stunning
Discover New Zealand with Otago's information-packed
Local Guides series. These heritage and natural history guides offer
an historical overview of the regions they cover and are packed with
details about what to see and do. Each book is illustrated with maps
and stunning photographs, making them an ideal souvenir for visitors,
and useful reference for locals. Authors have intimate knowledge
of the place they write about, from Neville Peat's expansive
knowledge of the south to Gavin McLean's Oamaru childhood. Titles
explore Stewart Island, The Catlins, Arrowtown, Dunedin, Wanaka, Queenstown,
Oamaru and Wellington.
Literature and the Humanities
Literature is well represented at the Press with insightful discussions on the works of Frame, Hyde and more. Titles such as Gothic NZ: The Darker Side of Kiwi Culture and The Ship of Dreams: Masculinity in contemporary Pakeha and Maori fiction of Aotearoa/New Zealand investigate broader themes present in the New Zealand psyche.
Public health, social justice and government form the backbone of the Social Sciences list at Otago. Many are used as textbooks in classrooms, such as the definitive volumes Adventures in Democracy: A History of the Vote in New Zealand
and Past Judgement: Social Policy in New Zealand History, while Dangerous Enthusiasms: E-Government, Computer Failure and Information System Development is currently a textbook at Harvard University.
The Press also publishes poetry.
Established writers like Ruth Dallas and Cilla McQueen, Dan Davin and Ted Middleton all form part of a growing list of creative
writers appearing under the Otago imprint. Poet Laureate and three-time winner of the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry Cilla McQueen has five offerings published by Otago University Press including a C.D and a collection drawn from five volumes of her published work, Axis, which features a selection of McQueen’s poems from the past twenty years. Other award-winning poets at Otago include Southlander Kay McKenzie Cooke and Christchurch’s Joanna Preston.
Landfall, published twice a year, offers a mix of vital new work by this country's
best writers and artists. Featuring new fiction and poetry, biographical
and critical essays and cultural commentary, it is New Zealand's
longest running journal of arts and letters and has retained its preeminence
for over sixty years.
Otago History Series
From Irish migration to the Waterfront crisis,
rugby to mental health treatment, the Otago History Series makes a
vital contribution to a growing understanding of New Zealand's
rich history. Authors include noted historians Barbara Brookes, Tom
Brooking, Greg Ryan, John Stenhouse and Alexander Trapeznik.
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