By S. Perera

Such a lot experiences of Australia commence with the “the island-continent.” the encompassing oceans are little greater than a backdrop for the dramas that ensue on dry land. this is often the 1st e-book to show its recognition to the oceans and coastlines that make and remake the boundaries of Australia via occasions corresponding 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 conflict, defense, relief and catastrophe, numerous configurations of our bodies, boats, borders and shores testify to the ability and the bounds of Australia’s insular illusion.   

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The topos of the island is the geographical and metaphorical ground where contradictions meet and are dispersed, resolved, or buried—between colony and metropolis; between the local/national and the trans- or extranational; between the autochthonous, the people of the earth, and the late-coming people of the sea. In turn, these pairs transpose into another set of racialized binaries that will both determine and explain future relations on this ground: the historical versus the mythic; the social versus the spiritual; the domesticated versus the wild and untamed; the public and outward focused against the private and inward looking.

He dies a day after holding the first copies in his hands. ”45 On the margins of the page, the mark of an “apparition” disturbs the order that a capitalizing and methodical labour had constructed . . The territory of appropriation is altered by the mark of something which is not there and does not happen (like a myth). Robinson will see someone . . 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 .

Unarguably it is the most concrete feature, the most solid foundation, literally and connotatively, of nationhood as a whole. There are innumerable concepts, practices, and institutions related to it . . the concept of integrity and sovereignty; border control, armed conflict, invasions, and wars; the territorial definition of national economy, products, industries, trade, tax, custom duties, education, administration, culture, and so on . . [T]he term geo-body . . is not merely space or territory.

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