The Journal of New Zealand Literature (JNZL) is the only international, fully peer-reviewed journal devoted to New Zealand literary studies.

JNZL, which is published annually, carries scholarly and critical essays on all aspects of New Zealand literature and cultural studies. It also reviews books of critical interest in the field of New Zealand literary studies.

JNZL was established in 1983, and was edited until 2014 by staff of the School of Arts at the University of Waikato, Hamilton. Between 2014 and 2020, it was edited within the English Programme at Victoria University of Wellington.

The current editor is Assoc Prof Alice Te Punga Somerville (Te Ātiawa, Taranaki) who is based at the Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao/ Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Waikato.

Editorial Committee


Assoc Prof Alice Te Punga Somerville (University of Waikato)

International Advisory Board

Chadwick Allen (Ohio State University)
Alex Calder (University of Auckland)
Elizabeth Deloughrey (UCLA)
Simon During (Johns Hopkins University)
Patrick Evans (University of Canterbury)
Tim Jones (University of Sterling)
Michelle Keown (University of Edinburgh)
Paul Millar (University of Canterbury)
Kirstine Moffat (University of Waikato)
John Newton (Independent researcher)
Mary Paul (Massey University)
Chris Prentice (University of Otago)
Geoff Sanborn (Amherst College)
Sarah Shieff (University of Waikato)
Lee Wallace (University of Auckland)
Janet Wilson (University of Northampton)