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Lydia Wevers

Lydia Joyce Wevers

(1950-03-19)19 March 1950
Hengelo, Netherlands
Died4 September 2021(2021-09-04) (aged 71)
Wellington, New Zealand
AwardsPou Aronui Award from the Royal Society Te Apārangi
RelativesMaarten Wevers (brother)
Academic background
Academic work
DisciplineLiterary criticism
Literary history
InstitutionsVictoria University of Wellington
Lydia Joyce Wevers ONZM (19 March 1950 – 4 September 2021) was a New Zealand literary critic, English language literary historian, editor, and book reviewer. She was an academic at Victoria University of Wellington for many years, including acting as director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies from 2001 to 2017. Her academic research focussed on New Zealand literature and print culture.
1 Biography
2 Honours and awards
3 Literary works (as author, editor or contributor)
4 See also
5 References
6 External links
Born in Hengelo, Netherlands, on 19 March 1950, Wevers moved to New Zealand with her family in 1953, and became a naturalised New Zealander the following year. She grew up in Masterton and developed a love of reading as a child, saying in later life: "When I was a child, there had to be a special rule for me at Masterton public library that said I could borrow 12 books at a time instead of the usual two". She attended St Matthew's Collegiate School, where she was head girl and dux. She became a lecturer in Renaissance literature at Victoria University of Wellington in 1973, after graduating from the University of Oxford, and subsequently developed expertise in New Zealand literature.
From 1998 to 2001 she was a senior associate/research associate at the university, and the principal researcher for the History of Print Culture project. That research led to her historical work Country of Writing: Travel Writing About New Zealand 1809-1900 (2002) and a companion anthology Travelling to New Zealand: An Oxford Anthology (2000). In 2002 she founded the Journal of New Zealand Studies, a peer-reviewed multidisciplinary journal for articles with a focus on New Zealand. She assisted with Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand from its inception in 2005, including writing the section on Fiction. She also spent periods living and working overseas during her career, including at the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney where she also developed an interest in Australian literature.
She was the director of the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University from 2001 to 2017. At the time Wevers was appointed as a part-time director, the university had been considering the centre's closure, and it was through her efforts that the centre became an integral part of the university with additional staff members, connections with other research institutes and a broad scope of research into New Zealand society, history and culture. After her retirement in 2017 she was appointed an emeritus professor and continued to be involved with a number of university projects and teaching work. In September 2020 she spoke out about division in the university "brought to a head partly by Covid, and partly by this increasing and demonstrable sense the staff have that they don’t trust the senior leadership".
Wevers was a former vice-president of the New Zealand Book Council, chaired the Trustees of the National Library of New Zealand, chaired the Writers and Readers Committee of the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, and chaired the Board of Trustees of Wellington College. She was a member of the 2001 selection panel for the Arts Foundation of New Zealand Laureate Awards and was a member of the Arts Board of Creative New Zealand. She reviewed books for Nine to Noon on National Radio as well as major newspapers, journals, and magazines.
Wevers lived in Wellington, and was married to public servant and diplomat Alastair Bisley. She died at home on 4 September 2021.
Honours and awards
She was an Honorary Life Member of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature and a Fellow of the Stockholm Collegium of World Literary History.
In the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours, Wevers was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to literature.
In 2014, Wevers was awarded the Pou Aronui Award by the Royal Society Te Apārangi for distinguished service to the humanities. The selection panel described her as a "tireless and effective champion of New Zealand's literature, history, thought and culture". In 2017 she was a 150 women in 150 words laureate of the Royal Society Te Apārangi.
Literary works (as author, editor or contributor)
1984 Selected poems/Robin Hyde
1987 Happy Endings: Stories by Australian and New Zealand Women, 1850s-1930s
1988 Yellow Pencils: Contemporary Poetry by New Zealand Women
1989 Goodbye to Romance: Stories by Australian and New Zealand Women 1930s –1980s
1990 Tabasco Sauce and Ice Cream: Stories by New Zealanders
2000 Travelling to New Zealand: An Oxford Anthology
2002 Country of Writing: Travel Writing About New Zealand 1809-1900
2004 On Reading
2010 Reading on the Farm: Victorian Fiction and the Colonial World
See also
New Zealand literature
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