Fifty Years of Parker and Hulme: A Survey of Some Major Textual Representations and Their Ideological Significance


  • James Bennett



The article discusses Peter Jackson's filmic representation of the famous case in the history of crime in New Zealand, of the murder of Honora Rieper by her teenage daughter Pauline and Pauline's friend Juliet Hulme. Some of the most significant textual representations of the case are highlighted.


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Author Biography

James Bennett

James Bennett is a lecturer in history. His main research and teaching interests lie in New Zealand and Australian history, and trans-national histories, as well as history, film and representation. In 2006, he co-edited a special volume on gendered readings in history and film for the Journal of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 10, 1. His research on the 1954 Parker-Hulme case also yielded an article focused on the medicalization of sexuality which appeared in Health and History: Journal of Australian and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine, 8, 2 (2006).