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This is the first critical study to investigate, at length, how masculine subjectivities are represented in contemporary New Zealand fiction. Notoriously self-contained and private, Kiwi men are often reluctant to talk about their personal feelings and embarrassed at the thought that any private emotional difficulties could be exposed to critical examination. One must go to their imaginative literature to make contact with the reality that underlies the often calculatedly deceptive surface. In his investigation of these issues, author Alistair Fox demonstrates the crucial importance of Pakeha and Maori cultural predispositions influencing masculine identity in New Zealand, often at the cost of great psychic pain for the men involved.
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Do not be put off by the fact that this book is written by a professor writing about other writers. While it is true that it is a critique of some of New Zealand's most famous authors, it is still a great read in and of itself. Complex issues are made readily understandable. Old standards are made new. My enjoyment of reading Maurice Gee after reading Ship of Dreams was dramatically increased.