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dc.contributor.advisorJones, Lawrence
dc.contributor.authorBenson, Dale C
dc.date.available2015-01-18T22:26:12Z
dc.date.copyright2000
dc.identifier.citationBenson, D. C. (2000). A world like this: existentialism in New Zealand literature (Thesis, Doctor of Philosophy). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10523/5426en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/5426
dc.description.abstractLiterary existentialism has evolved unevenly in New Zealand since the late-nineteenth century. In this thesis I will define and trace the pre-existentialism of the early pioneers and settlers, which originally emerged as a Victorian expression of their experiences in an unpredictable new environment. Then I will describe how during the 1930s, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s some of their descendants modified their world-view with ideas popularly associated with French literary existentialism, including notions about the individual's freedom and responsibility to act in an unmediated universe. Finally, I will conclude that references to existentialism are relatively rare in contemporary New Zealand literature because in a predominantly secular society the struggle to survive in a godless, indifferent universe has been absorbed into New Zealand writers' continuing preoccupation with the necessity of fellowship.en_NZ
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dc.titleA world like this: existentialism in New Zealand literatureen_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
dc.date.updated2015-01-18T22:25:56Z
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_NZ
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Otagoen_NZ
thesis.degree.levelPhDen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
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