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Climate and culture in Australia and New Zealand


Cranston, CA and Dawson, C, Climate and culture in Australia and New Zealand, A Global History of Literature and the Environment, Cambridge University Press, J Parham and L Westling, (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 235-236. ISBN 9781316212578 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/CBO9781316212578.017


Like a template for a climate-changing world, Australia - the driest inhabited continent on Earth - exists in an imaginative and emotional landscape shaped from extremities. Situated within the geopolitical region of Australasia/Oceania, Australia's trans-Tasman relations with earthquake-prone Aotearoa (''land of the long white cloud'') began in 1788 when New Zealand was included within the British colony of New South Wales. New Zealand, however, was never a penal colony and separation from its rough cousin came after Maori (consolidated under a single language) signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British Crown in 1840 - itself a marker of difference between the First Nations of both countries. Australian Aborigines, scattered across the continent, each nation speaking its own language - saw land rights withheld under the illegal fiction of terra nullius, ''nobody's land."

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Australia, New Zealand, climate change, colonial, postcolonial, literature
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary studies
Research Field:Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature)
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Cranston, CA (Dr CA Cranston)
ID Code:112914
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2016-12-04
Last Modified:2018-09-19

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