Dr Anna Plumridge

A Plumridge

Research interestsMy primary interests are in textual scholarship and colonial and postcolonial literatures. My research so far has focused on writing produced under colonial rule in Australasia.

My first publication was a scholarly edition of the ‘Urewera Notebook’, a journal kept by Katherine Mansfield while camping in the central North Island of New Zealand in 1907. My PhD consisted of another scholarly edition, this time of Samuel Butler’s satiric novel 'Erewhon' (1872). My edition situated the novel in its colonial context, as an example of the two-way literary and cultural traffic between Cambridge and New Zealand at the height of the British Empire.

During my Fellowship, I am working on a monograph which examines the workings of empire as a ‘textual exercise’, maintained through the media of ink and paper, through a book-length case study of the official and literary papers of Alfred Domett (1811-1887), colonial premier, journalist and poet.