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Week 17: Printing the Pacific

Seminar Questions

  • How did the British Empire use print to secure territory in the Pacific?
  • What was the relationship between print and oral culture in the Pacific?
  • How did Pacific Islanders and the Maori make use of print?
  • What are the legacies of the Treaty of Waitangi?

Seminar Readings

** Treaty of Waitangi (manuscript English edition, Waikato-Manukau copy, 1840)

** Treaty of Waitangi (printed Maori edition, Waikato copy, 1840)

** Colenso, William, The Authentic and Genuine History of the Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Wellington, 1890), 1-41

* McKenzie, Donald, Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts (Cambridge, 1999), 77-128

* Rogers, Shef, ‘New Zealand’, in Suarez, Michael and H. R. Woudhuysen (eds), The Book: A Global History (Oxford University Press, 2013)

Additional Readings

Buick, Thomas, The Treaty of Waitangi: How New Zealand Became a British Colony (Wellington, 1914)

Colenso, William, Excursion in the Northern Island of New Zealand in the Summer of 1841-2 (Launceston, 1844)

Colenso, William, Fifty Years Ago in New Zealand (Napier, 1888)

Craik, George, The New Zealanders (London, 1830)

Grey, George, Polynesian Mythology and Ancient Traditional History of the New Zealand Race (London, 1855)

Armitage, David, and Alison Bashford (eds), Pacific Histories: Ocean, Land, People (Basingstoke, 2014)

Ballantyne, Tony, Webs of Empire: Locating New Zealand’s Colonial Past (Vancouver, 2014)

Biggs, Bruce, and Te Rangikaheke o Te Arawa, ‘The Translation and Publishing of Maori Material in the Auckland Public Library’, The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 61 (1952)

Fenton, Sabine, For Better Or for Worse: Translation as a Tool for Change in the South Pacific (London, 2014)

Gascoigne, John, Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (Cambridge, 2014)

Griffith, Penny, Penelope Griffith, Peter Hughes, and Alan Loney, A Book in the Hand: Essays on the History of the Book in New Zealand (Auckland, 2000)

Harvey, Douglas Ross, and K. I. D. Maslen, Book and Print in New Zealand: A Guide to Print Culture in Aotearoa (Victoria, 1997)

McKenzie, Donald, Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts (Cambridge, 1999)

Newman, Keith, Bible and Treaty (London, 2014)

Orange, Claudia, An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi (Wellington, 2004)

Palmer, Matthew, The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand’s Law and Constitution (Victoria, 2008)

Parr, C. J, ‘A Missionary Library. Printed Attempts to Instruct the Maori, 1815-1845’, The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 70 (1961)

Parsonson, G. S, ‘The Literate Revolution in Polynesia’, The Journal of Pacific History, 2 (1967)

Simmons, David, ‘The Sources of Sir George Grey’s Nga Mahi A Nagi Tupuna’, The Journal of the Polynesian Society, 75 (1966)

Smith, Philippa Mein, A Concise History of New Zealand (Cambridge, 2012)

Smith, Vanessa, Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters (Cambridge, 1998)


Week 17 - Slides


Week 17 - Handout

New Zealand Newspapers

Papers Past - NZ Newspaper Database