Out of the gate

By Jon Bridges In Inbox

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19th March, 2011
The Ministry of Education's clearly stated intention of bringing more New Zealand literature to the high school syllabus has resulted in a series of reading guides designed to give students insight garnered from the latest academic criticism. Here is an excerpt from the first of those guides: Introduction When Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy, by a little-known author from Rotorua, was published in 1983, readers were quick to perceive it as a carefully constructed allegory describing an ­Antipodean political, social and economic milieu, the downfall of which ...

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