By S. Perera
Such a lot experiences of Australia commence with the “the island-continent.” the encircling oceans are little greater than a backdrop for the dramas that take place on dry land. this can be the 1st publication to show its awareness to the oceans and coastlines that make and remake the bounds of Australia via occasions comparable to the arriving of asylum seekers’ boats, the Indian Ocean tsunami, the Bali bombings and maritime peacekeeping missions within the Pacific. opposed to the imperatives of warfare, safety, reduction and catastrophe, a number of configurations of our bodies, boats, borders and seashores testify to the facility and the boundaries of Australia’s insular illusion.
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Flinders exchanges carefully guarded visits, instructing the crew of the Investigator to remain armed for the duration, with Pobassoo, the chief of the prau fleet. One Abraham Williams, recorded as the “Malay cook” on board the Investigator, acts as translator. ” What to make of this curious naming? ”43 Malay Road is the marking of a passage, a highway in the sea, linking two territorialities even as they are being written on the map as distinct continents, Asia and Australia. Malay Road: a designated route that organizes and delimits an ocean of exchanges.
Occasionally we would hear reports of gunfire as the officers in the army training camp practiced on the rifle range. 47 This map of prohibitions and dangers along the coast is in sharp contrast to the freedom represented by the surf and the ocean beyond. 48 Yet, at other times, the untrammeled pleasures of the surf are undermined 44 Australia and the Insular Imagination as the narrator reminds herself that the ocean is no mere pleasure ground. Other, more desperate, adventures are taking place in these waters.
And will recover himself when he has the opportunity to see, that is, when the absent other shows himself. Then he will be once again within his order . . What marks itself and passes on has no text of its own. 46 Like the labor of Crusoe’s journal, the methodical task of Flinders’s map-making, a writing of/on earth, is a work that orders and discriminates; it produces categories and assigns values in its efforts to actualize the vision of island-Australia. Guided by the principle of “leav[ing] little for others to do after him,” Flinders’s investigations make a laborious effort to capture the endless variability of his object:47 “His time-keepers measured places of observed longitude, marking .
Australia and the Insular Imagination: Beaches, Borders, Boats, and Bodies by S. Perera