This volume brings together essays that, individually and collectively, address the force of the literary text with regard to problematic identities.
Roger Nicholson is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where he teaches Middle English Literature, Popular Fiction and Writing Studies. His recent publications include articles on medieval romances and political poetry, and essays on Australasian crime fiction and the New Zealand film-maker Vincent Ward. Claudia Marquis is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, teaching courses in Victorian and Renaissance literature, adolescent fiction and postcolonial writing. She has published widely on Caribbean writing and children's fiction, especially novels by the New Zealand writers Margaret Mahy and Maurice Gee. Gertrud Szamosi is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies at Pecs University, Hungary, and has taught and published in the fields of Scottish, Canadian and postcolonial literatures. She was guest editor of the postcolonial issue of the literary theoretical journal Helikon, and has edited a volume of contemporary Scottish short stories in Hungarian.