Albert Wendt

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  • Paul Sharrad (University of Wollongong)

Albert Wendt is the leading figure of modern literary production in English from Oceania (the Pacific Islands). His reputation rests on a sizeable and varied creative output (novels, short stories, poetry and plays), on his social critique, and on his promotion of other creative writers in the region. He publishes through New Zealand but established his prominence from 1974, when he accepted a post at the University of the South Pacific, Suva, a hub of social change and decolonising praxis. There he worked with the South Pacific Creative Arts Society, and the USP Extension Services to run writers’ workshops and took part in the editing of the literary journal, Mana. His booklet anthologies of poetry were pioneering efforts …

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Sharrad, Paul. "Albert Wendt". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 September 2004
[, accessed 30 November 2015.]