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New Zealand'S Empire$
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Katie Pickles and Katharine Coleborne

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091537

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091537.001.0001

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Travelling the Tasman world

Travelling the Tasman world

travel writing and narratives of transit

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(p.71) Chapter Four Travelling the Tasman world
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New Zealand'S Empire
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Anna Johnston

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719091537.003.0004

This chapter draws upon the burgeoning genre of nineteenth-century travel writing to map a transcolonial and mobile consciousness through which New Zealand and Australian settler colonial identities were forged. Travel writing created a direct link between Europe and the colonies, and this was made explicit through its mobile narrators, knowledge, and ideologies. Recent modes of conceptualising empire - from Ballantyne’s ‘webs of empire’ to Alan Lester’s ‘imperial networks’ to Peter Hulme’s ‘traffic’ to James Clifford’s ‘routes’ - are important to new understandings of past and present empires, and particularly of the production and circulation of colonial knowledge. Travel texts remind us that ‘national’ cultures emerged in a dialectical relationship with other colonial cultures as much as with Britain, and that crucial ideas about race, place, and identity were developed across the Tasman.

Keywords:   Travel writing, Nineteenth century, Mobility, Place, Identity

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