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Islands in History and Representation


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September 2003

Beschreibung

Beschreibung

This innovative collection of essays explores the ways in which islands have been used, imagined and theorised, both by island dwellers and continentals. This study considers how island dwellers of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans conceived of themselves and their relation to proximate mainlands, and examines the particular fascination that islands have long held in the European imagination. Early essays in the collection address the significance of islands in the Atlantic economy of the eighteenth century. The focus then shifts to the exploration of the Pacific, which presented Europe with new island-groups to explore, exploit and imagine. Islands were often seen as natural colonies or settings for ideal communities but they were also used as dumping grounds for the unwanted, a practice which has continued into the twentieth century and remains evident in recent policy towards refugees. The later essays look at the important role played by islands in the process of decolonisation, and at island-oriented developments in postcolonial writing. The collection argues the need for an island-based theory within postcolonial studies and suggests how this might be constructed. Covering a historical span from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, the contributors include literary and postcolonial critics, historians and geographers. "Islands in History and Representation" will be essential reading for advanced students and academics within the fields of Postcolonial Studies, History and Cultural Geography.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Rod Edmond and Vanessa Smith Introduction 1. John R. Gillis Taking History Offshore: Islands and Continents in the Eighteenth Century Atlantic World 2. Gillian Beer Island Bounds 3. Markman Ellis 'The Cane-Land Isles': Commerce and Empire in Late Eighteenth Century Georgic and Pastoral Poetry 4. Deirdre Coleman Bulama and Sierra Leone: Utopian Islands and Visionary Interiors 5. Vanessa Agnew Pacific Island Encounters and the German Invention of Race 6. Harriet Guest Cook in Tonga: Terms of Trade 7. Vanessa Smith Pitcairn's 'Guilty Stock': The Island as Breeding Ground 8. Rod Edmond Islands of Disease: Colonialism and Leprosy 9. Roger Moss Derek Walcott's Omeros: Representing St. Lucia, Re-presenting Homer 10. Francoise Verges The Island of Wandering Souls: Processes of Creolization, Politics of Emancipation and the Problematic of Absence on Reunion Island 11. Klaus Dodds God Save the Falklands: Postcolonial Geographies of the Falklands/Malvinas 12. Elizabeth McMahon The Gilded Cage: From Utopia to Monad in Australia's Island Imaginary Greg Dening Afterword

Portrait

Rod Edmond was born and grew up in New Zealand. Following graduate work at Oxford University he is currently a Reader in Nineteenth Century and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Kent. He has published on Victorian and Modernist literature, contemporary Pacific and New Zealand writing and extensively in the field of Eighteenth - Twentieth Century Colonial Discourse Studies. He is the author of Representing the South Pacific: Colonial Discourse From Cook to Gauguin (1997) and is currently completing a book on colonialism and disease, with particular reference to leprosy. Vanessa Smith is an ARC Queen Elizabeth II Fellow in the School of English, Art History, Film and Media at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Literary Culture and the Pacific: Nineteenth-Century Textual Encounters (1998) and co-editor, with Jonathan Lamb and Nicholas Thomas, of Exploration and Exchange: A South Seas Anthology 1680-1900 (2000).
EAN: 9780415286664
ISBN: 0415286662
Untertitel: 'Routledge Research in Postcolo'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: ROUTLEDGE CHAPMAN HALL
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2003
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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