Patrick Evans's initial research focussed on the fiction of Janet Frame (An Inward Sun, Wellington 1971). Janet Frame (Boston, 1977) is the first biography of the writer and examined her fiction to date in the light of her life. The Penguin History of New Zealand Literature (1990) is the first history of fiction and poetry to be published in New Zealand. His essay on Allen Curnow won the 2002 Landfall essay prize. He has supervised postgraduate work on Blanche Baughan, Robin Hyde, John Mulgan, Janet Frame, Allen Curnow, Keri Hulme, Damien Wilkins, G.R. Gilbert, Maori fiction, poetry and drama in English, New Zealand print culture, New Zealand women writers and New Zealand spiritual autobiography, as well as T.S. Eliot, Norman McLaren's film-making, Thomas Pynchon and Don DeLillo. He has published two novels and written plays which have been performed in New Zealand and Australia.
- Evans P. (2010) Gifted: a novel. Wellington: Victoria University Press. 303pp.
- Evans P. (2007) The Long Forgetting: Postcolonial literary culture in New Zealand. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press. 274pp.
- Evans P. (2013) from The Back of His Head [Short Fiction]. Sport 41: 187-202.
- Evans P. (2011) Modernity and the Holocaust counter-memorial: Janet Frame's American fiction. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 46(3): 513-530. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0021989411409800.
- Evans P. (2011) They kill on Wednesdays': Janet Frame, Modernity and the Holocaust. Journal of Commonwealth Literature 46(1): 83-101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0021989410395434.