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Associate Professor Chris Prentice

MA, PhD (Cant)

Email chris.prentice@otago.ac.nz Prentice
Tel +64 3 479 8920
Office 1S6
First Floor
Arts Building
Albany Street
Dunedin

Mail English and Linguistics
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand


Expertise

New Zealand literature, postcolonial literatures and theory, cultural studies and cultural theory, indigenous literatures in English.


Teaching

ENGL131 Controversial Classics
ENGL 242 New Zealand Literature: Connecting Worlds
ENGL 332 Postcolonial Literatures
ENGL 478 A Topic in Postcolonial Literature: Cultural Inventions and Interventions


Possible Supervision

Chris has supervised topics in contemporary New Zealand literature, comparative studies of New Zealand and Canadian fiction, and Australian and New Zealand fiction and drama, all including Māori, Indigenous Australian and Canadian literatures in English. She has also supervised on topics in African and South Asian postcolonial literatures, and ecopoetics. She is happy to supervise topics in any of these fields, as well as topics in postcolonial ecocriticism, memory, and postcolonial disaster studies.


Current Research

Assoc. Prof. Prentice convenes the Postcolonial Studies Research Network at the University of Otago. She is also current Chair of the Commonwealth Association of Literature and Language Studies (ACLALS). Her research has focused on the politics of culture and cultural difference in settler postcolonial societies such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa, and specifically on the implications of mobilising culture as a basis for political intervention. She also researches in areas of postcolonial ecocriticism, postcolonial disaster studies, and memory.

As well as chapters on authors Janet Frame and J.M. Coetzee, Chris has published on biculturalism, culture and decolonisation, culture and Māori television, as well as on postcolonial perspectives on disaster. She co-edited a special issue of Sites (12:1, 2015) on "Neoliberal Culture" with Assoc. Prof. Jenny Lawn (Massey University), and a special “Oceanic Memory” issue of Pacific Dynamics: Journal of Interdisciplinary Research, with Dr Alan Wright (Canterbury), Dr Allen Meek (Massey), and Professor Paul Millar (Canterbury). She has a chapter on the Māori Novel in English for the Oxford History of the Novel in English (2017), and a forthcoming chapter on Gender in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Australian writing co-authored with Assoc. Prof. Anne Brewster (UNSW) for the Routlege Key Concepts in Indigenous Studies series volume on gender. Recent journal articles include an essay on postcolonial cultural politics published in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies (2017) and on gendered violence in Māori and Pacific women’s literature, published in Australian Humanities Review (2019). A chapter on Indigenous ecopoetics is forthcoming in The Two Canaries of Climate Change, to be published by Brill in its Cross/Cultures series.

Current and Recent Postgraduate Supervisions

Sevket Sarper Dorter, ‘Reading Ruinscapes of Africa: Imperial Sedimentations and Competing Temporalities.’ (2018-)

Elizabeth Wilson, “Regendering Settler Colonialism” (PhD in progress).

Loveday Why, “Meltwater: The Poetics of Water in an Age of Climate Change” (PhD awarded in 2018).

Rajdeep Guha, “Family in Diaspora in the novels of Jhumpa Lahiri and Kiran Desai” (MA awarded 2014).

Abid Vali, “Transcultural Collaborations in Modernism: Swami and Yeats, Fellenosa and Pound” (PhD awarded 2014).

Anne Begg, “Nationhood and Affect” (PhD awarded 2013).

Hugh Carthew, “Fantasy and Sociality in the Stories of Katherine Mansfield” (MA awarded 2012).

Christina Matteotti, “The Politics of Indigenous Cultural Property in Canadian Native and Māori Writing” (Commonwealth Scholar) (MA, Indigenous Studies, awarded 2008).

Ulrika Andersson, “The Child in Postcolonial Literature,” Göteborg University, Sweden (PhD awarded 2008; External consultant supervisor; Primary supervisor Prof. Gunilla Florby, Göteborg University).


Recent Publications

“‘Who Speaks for Culture?’ Challenging Gender and Sexual Violence in Māori and Pacific Island Literature in English.’” Australian Humanities Review 64 (May 2019), 139–157.

"'Fractured Light’: From Globalization’s Hyper-illumination to Culture as Symbolic Exchange." Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 19:7 (2017), 996-1010.

‘Māori Novels in English’ in Oxford History of the Novel in English. Vol XII: The Novel in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the South Pacific Since 1950. 436–451. Ed. Coral Ann Howells, Paul Sharrad, Gerry Turcotte. Oxford: Oxford U Press, 2017.

‘Neoliberal Culture/The Cultures of Neoliberalism’: special issue of Sites: Journal of Social Anthropology and Cultural Studies, Vol 12 No. 1 (2015) co-edited and Introduction with Jenny Lawn, Massey University.

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Publications

Prentice, C. (2013). The shaking of New Zealanders. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 31(2), 53-73.

Prentice, C. (2013). The Māori Television Service and questions of culture. In B. Hokowhitu & V. Devadas (Eds.), The fourth eye: Māori media in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 181-200). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Prentice, C. (2013). Reorienting culture for decolonization. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 27(1), 4-17. doi: 10.1080/10304312.2013.737196

Prentice, C. (2010). Terms of ambivalence: Cultural politics and symbolic exchange. Australian Literary Studies, 25(4), 33-54.

Prentice, C., Devadas, V., & Johnson, H. (Eds.). (2010). Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 347p.

Edited Book - Research

Prentice, C., Devadas, V., & Johnson, H. (Eds.). (2010). Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 347p.

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Chapter in Book - Research

Prentice, C. (2013). The Māori Television Service and questions of culture. In B. Hokowhitu & V. Devadas (Eds.), The fourth eye: Māori media in Aotearoa New Zealand. (pp. 181-200). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

Prentice, C. (2011). Foe (1986). In T. Mehigan (Ed.), A companion to the works of J. M. Coetzee. (pp. 91-112). New York: Camden House.

Prentice, C. (2010). Integral culture: Agora-phobia at the Polynesian cultural centre. In C. Prentice, V. Devadas & H. Johnson (Eds.), Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. (pp. 239-274). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Prentice, C., Devadas, V., & Johnson, H. (2010). Introduction. In C. Prentice, V. Devadas & H. Johnson (Eds.), Cultural transformations: Perspectives on translocation in a global age. (pp. xi-xxxv). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Prentice, C. (2009). Janet Frame's radical thought: Symbolic exchange and seduction in Living in the Maniototo and The Carpathians. In J. Cronin & S. Drichel (Eds.), Frameworks: Contemporary criticism on Janet Frame. (pp. 155-180). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Prentice, C. (2008). Cultural difference and/of the literary text: Interrogating the stakes in Aotearoa-New Zealand. In W. Zach & M. Kenneally (Eds.), Literatures in English: Priorities of research. (pp. 437-456). Tübingen, Germany: Stauffenburg Verlag.

Prentice, C. (2008). From benevolence to partnership: The persistence of colonial legacies in Aotearoa-New Zealand. In H. Gilbert & C. Tiffin (Eds.), Burden or benefit? Imperial benevolence and its legacies. (pp. 119-135). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Prentice, C. (2006). Riding the whale? Postcolonialism and globalization in Whale Rider. In C. A. B. Joseph & J. Wilson (Eds.), Global fissures: Postcolonial fusions. (pp. 247-267). Amsterdam: Rodopi.

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Journal - Research Article

Prentice, C. (2013). Reorienting culture for decolonization. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 27(1), 4-17. doi: 10.1080/10304312.2013.737196

Prentice, C. (2013). The shaking of New Zealanders. Journal of New Zealand Literature, 31(2), 53-73.

Devadas, V., & Prentice, C. (2011). Postcolonial popular cultures. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 25(5), 687-693.

Prentice, C. (2010). Terms of ambivalence: Cultural politics and symbolic exchange. Australian Literary Studies, 25(4), 33-54.

Prentice, C. (2009). From visibility to visuality: Patricia Grace's Baby No-Eyes and the cultural politics of decolonization. Modern Fiction Studies, 55(2), 321-348.

Prentice, C. (2009). Beyond biculturalism: From culturalist discourse to symbolic exchange. New Literatures Review, 45/46, 157-183.

Prentice, C., & Devadas, V. (2008). Postcolonial studies and the cultural politics of everyday life. Sites, 5(1), 1-19.

Prentice, C. (2006). ″A knife through time″: Robert Sullivan's Star Waka and the politics and poetics of cultural difference. Ariel, 37(2-3), 111-135.

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Journal - Research Other

Devadas, V., & Prentice, C. (2007). Postcolonial politics [Editorial]. borderlands e-journal, 6(2). Retrieved from http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol6no2_2007/device_editorial.htm

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