The Cartographic Eye: How Explorers Saw Australia (Hardcover)

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This book is about the mythologies of land exploration, and about space and the colonial enterprise in particular. It is an innovative investigation of the presumptions, aesthetics and politics of Australian explorers' texts that shows that they are not the simple, unadorned observations their authors would have us believe. The book argues that contact with Aborigines are occasions of discursive contest. It scrutinizes and undermines the scientific and literary methodology of exploration. It will be a crucial text for readers in cultural, postcolonial and Australian studies.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780521571128
ISBN-10: 052157112X
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: September 13th, 1996
Pages: 248
Language: English