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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

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

Anna Johnston

Manchester University Press

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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