December 18, 2020
We are thrilled to announce that Michelle Erai’s Girl of New Zealand was chosen as a 2020 Choice Outstanding Academic Title!
These outstanding works have been selected for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as an important treatment of their subject.
Girl of New Zealand presents a nuanced insight into the way violence and colonial attitudes shaped the representation of Māori women and girls. Michelle Erai examines more than thirty images of Māori women alongside the records of early missionaries and settlers in Aotearoa, as well as comments by archivists and librarians, to shed light on how race, gender, and sexuality have been ascribed to particular bodies.